Steve Hinton Flying Paul Allen's Il-2

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    Very cool, thanks for sharing!
     
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    Great stuff :) Is that the one V-1710-powered?
     
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    I feel sorry for Steve Hinton. He has such a crappy job.
     
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    Good find! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    The engine is a left-turning Allison V-1710. As far as I know, this is the only aircraft in the world other than a P-38 Lightning that is using a left-turn Allison. It was built by Joe and Pat Yancey while I was working there and we ran it in so the valves seated before shipping it to Mr. Allen.
     
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    Thank you.

    It is interesting that the 'Il-2 M3' designation still pops out from time to time :)
     
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    #11 GregP, Dec 18, 2015
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    This is the most authentic Il-2 I have ever seen (have seen 4) and is bone stock except for the engine and propeller, tires, and brakes.

    The Soviet Air Force used Russian tank paint for most of the war, and Mr. Allen's people went to Russia and had that researched, and got the same paint, came home and had it color-matched.

    I do not believe there are many original engines even complete, much less capable of being restored to operation. According to the research, they weren't all that reliable in service and he opted for the Allison.

    There is another one being restored in Russia and Joe Yancey will supply that engine, too. After much deliberation, the owner has decided to delete the armor tub so it will be over a ton lighter than Mr. Allen's plane is when it flies again.
     
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    Stupid question - isn't the armor structural? How can you delete the tub? Use something other than steel?
     
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    Actually I'm not an Il-2 expert, so I don't know. I know the new Il-2 will make the attempt to come in MUCH lighter, but not the details. When it flies, I'll have pics, but they are generally just exterior flight pics, not detailed construction photos.
     
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