The Russians had nicknames for the plane too. Soviet pilots lovingly called the plane "Ilyusha," like the character in the famous novel "The Brothers Karamazov." To the Red Army on the ground, the Il-2 was "the Winged Tank" or, perhaps most endearingly of all, "the Flying Infantryman.”
Come see the Il-2 fly for the first time for the public on Sept. 15 at the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field.
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