Avoid Rides on IL-20/22

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1st Lieutenant
May 30, 2011
Cape Canaveral
Just in case you are offered a ride in one...

Imagery published on social media has confirmed that a Russian Air Force Ilyushin Il-22M airborne command post platform was among several military aircraft shot down inside Russia in an apparent attempted coup by the Wagner Private Military Co.

Wagner-operated air defenses brought down the four-engine turboprop on June 24 near the city of Voronezh in southwestern Russia as the paramilitary group's forces made an advance toward Moscow in what President Vladimir Putin described as an "internal betrayal" of the Russian people. All 10 crew on the Il-22 were killed.

The loss of the Il-22M—a military conversion of the Il-18 airliner—represents a significant loss in the Russian Air Force's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance fleet. It is the second such loss in five years. Back in September 2018, an Il-20—an electronic intelligence version of the Il-18—was shot down accidentally by Syrian air defenses as it returned from a patrol flight over the Mediterranean Sea.

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