I read in Airways an article about flying the IL-86. It was the description from a pilot's view of a domestic flight within Russia and the author was comparing what it was like to fly an IL-86 versus an IL-62. I coudn't beleive what he said. He said that the IL-86 controls had hydraulics input as the IL-62 didn't. I have always believed that all large aircrafts had hydraulics input in their flight control systems. Do you beleive that the IL-62 controls are not actuated by hydraulic systems? You have to apply just muscle power to handle the controls of this jet! That's the most unbelievable thing about airliners I have ever read.
The other thing about the IL-62 characteristics is the thrust reverser system. Out of the four rear mounted jet engines, there are I beleive only two thrust reversers installed, those are installed on the two outboard engines. I'm not too sure about that one but I remember reading that somewhere.
I read three or four years ago on Airliners another article about the IL-62. The author was simply a passenger taking a flight on that aircraft, he was explaining that one feels the aircraft has barely enough power to get airborne. So imagine if just after V1, the aircraft experiences one engine fire and the pilot has to shut down the malfunctioning engine!
I think it's interesting to look closely how engineers have designed this aircraft.
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