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The armament consisted of Ya Taubin 37mm cannon supplied with eighty one rounds, firing in the course of the propeller boss, and 6 fuselage and wing-mounted computer weapons. Upon final touch the fighter was once painted crimson and buffed to a excessive gloss end, and on twelfth June 1943 attempt pilot A Nikashin took it on its maiden flight, which led to catastrophe. After a protracted take-off run the airplane climbed to 650ft (200m), stalled and dived into the floor, killing the pilot. accordingly, all improvement paintings at the Gu-37 was once halted. For technical facts, see desk E, page177. Ilyushin 11-21 Above and under: perspectives of the Ilyushin 11-21 anti-bomber fighter - in the course of nation trials on the NIl WS in the summertime of 1943. contrary web page: The II-I, a elegant and greater follow-up to the 11-21. 20 Of the entire many and sundry tasks played by means of Sergei Ilyushin's 11-2 assault airplane in the course of the warfare, the main strange was once its operation as a fighter. whereas this massive Soviet assault airplane was once not as good as the Messerschmitt Bf109 and Focke-Wulf Fw one hundred ninety in dogfights, it outperformed all different Luftwaffe airplane. on the very starting of the warfare Luftwaffe entrance line devices outfitted with the Henschel Hs 126 suffered such a lot of all from the ravages of Il-2s, and so they frequently attacked shut formations of Junkers Ju87 dive bombers, understanding that the 7. 92mm computing device weapons of the German airplane have been useless opposed to the Soviet armoured assault airplane. as soon as their shut formations have been damaged up and their focus of fireside was once misplaced, the Ju 87s turned effortless prey to Soviet opponents or even to Il-2s. ILYUSHIN within the wintry weather of 1941-1942 Il-2s have been used opposed to Luftwaffe delivery airplane, and have become the main risky probability to the Junkers Ju52 tri-motor. The initiative was once held via the pilots of the thirty third protect assault Air Regiment, yet no much less winning have been the 11-2s operated opposed to German shipping plane close to Stalingrad. Their goals weren't purely Ju 52s but additionally the Heinkel He III sand Focke-Wulf Fw200s which provided the German troops encircled in that zone. because of the strive against adventure hence gathered, the govt. made up our minds to start up construction of a fighter model of the Il-2, and in keeping with a request via the kingdom Defence Committee, Sergei Ilyushin's staff produced a transformed 11-21 anti-bomber fighter (I - istrebitel, fighter, or actually 'destroyer'). This used to be a single-seat 11-2 powered by way of a Mikulin AM-38F engine, changed from a creation two-seater as produced by means of a majority of the plane factories. The ShKAS laptop weapons, inner bomb load and the attachment issues for rocket launchers have been got rid of, leaving simply Wa weapons, every one supplied with a hundred and fifty rounds and having a weight of fireplace of four. 0kglsec. This used to be significantly more than the firepower of all of the glossy Soviet creation warring parties. additionally, all the II-21's exterior bomb racks may well hold bombs of as much as 551lb (250kg). In July-August 1943 the Il-21 underwent kingdom trials on the Air strength Nauchno Issledovatelyskii Institut (NIl - clinical and study institute) below the cost of pilot significant A Dolgov and engineer V Kholopov.