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300px-Il-10 SilhThe AMPAA in Melun-Villaroche, France is restoring two Il-10 Sturmovik. 

The Ilyushin Il-10 is a cousin from the famous IL-2 Sturmovik. Derivated from the Il-1, as a 2 seats heavely armoured attack aircraft, it was propulsed by a more powerful, Mikulin AM-42 engine (1770HP).

In October 1944, the Il-10 first entered service with training units in the Soviet Air Force. In January 1945, the first Il-10 combat unit entered service with the 78th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment, but it did not enter action due to unfinished training. However, three other Il-10 units managed to take part in the final combat actions of World War II in Europe. They were the 571st Assault Aviation Regiment (from 15 April 1945), the 108th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment (from 16 April 1945), and the 118th Guards Assault Aviation Regiment (on 8 May 1945). About a dozen aircraft were destroyed by flak or engine breakdowns, but the Il-10 appeared to be a successful design. One was shot down by an Fw 190 fighter, but a crew of the 118th Regiment shot down another Fw 190 and probably damaged another. On 10 May 1945, the day after the official Soviet end of the war, (Victory Day), there were 120 serviceable Il-10s in Soviet Air Force combat units, and 26 disabled ones.
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After the USSR reentered the war against the Empire of Japan, with the invasion of Manchuria, from 9 August 1945, one Il-10 unit, the 26th Assault Aviation Regiment of the Pacific Navy Aviation, was used in combat in the Korean Peninsula, attacking Japanese ships in Rasin and rail transports.


After the war, until the early 1950s, the Il-10 was a basic Soviet ground attack aircraft. It was withdrawn from service in 1956. At the same time, work on new jet-powered dedicated armoured ground attack planes (like the Il-40) was canceled, and the Soviets turned to multipurpose fighter-bomber aviation. The Il-10 and its licensed variant, the Avia B-33, became a basic ground attack plane of the Warsaw Pact countries. From 1949 to 1959, the Polish Air Force used 120 Il-10s (including 24 UIl-10), and 281 B-33s. In Poland, the B-33 was modified to carry 400 l fuel tanks under its wings. From 1950 to 1960, Czechoslovakia used 86 Il-10s, including six UIl-10s, and about 600 B-33s. From 1949 to 1956, the Hungarian Air Force used 159 Il-10s and B-33s. From 1950 to 1960, the Romanian Air Force used 14 Il-10s and 156 B-33s. Bulgaria also used these aircraft.

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Robert Yarnall RichieRobert Yarnall Richie (1908-1984) worked as a free-lance commercial and industrial photographer for many large corporations including those in the automobile, aviation, chemical, mining, petroleum, railroad, shipping, steel and other industries, both in the U.S. and overseas. Richie's work is significant for its artistic qualities as well as documentary information.

Richie often worked for Fortune, Life, Scientific American, The American Magazine, Time, National Geographic and other magazines, in addition to illustrating annual reports for Fortune 500 companies including General Motors, U.S. Steel, Gulf Oil, Phelps Dodge, and Dresser Industries among many others.

Richie further branched out into shooting oil production images in such areas as Texas, Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. Richie expressed a preference for oil work, “There’s drama in steel, but there’s more romance in oil,” he said, “oil has so many different angles to it as an industry. Oil really has a story to tell in pictures.”Grumman G-21

An avid pilot, Richie's work also contains thousands of aerial photographs from many locales, including hundreds of estates and clubs in Palm Beach, FL, Long Island, NY, Newport, RI, and other wealthy suburbs. Other aerials include well-known buildings in New York City, as well as bridges and other landmarks.

As a pioneer in the field, he excelled in making artistic views of corporate industrial subjects in a mid-century modernist style. Richie often took unusual angle shots creating dramatic photographs of what could have been mundane subjects.




Does it was Richie who inspired Beechcraft or inverse ?

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We wrote about this project a few weeks ago. The Bugatti 100p is not ready to fly but the project has reached another milestone with her roll-out. The aircraft is structurally complete. There is still a lot of work to do but we can not wait to see her fly ! 




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The P-51D Galveston gal based at the Lone Star Flight Museum crashed today, October 23th, killing 2. 

Pilot Keith Hibbett, 51, and John Stephen Busby, 66, died in the 11:35 a.m. crash near the middle of the bay just at the Galveston and Brazoria county line, Sgt. John Sampa, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said. Our condolences to all family and friend of those lost today.
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The Travel Air D4D Sky Siren is back to the Sky. Her last flight was during the 50's. The restoration has been done by Aerocraftsman. 


For more information and photos:
http://www.aerocraftsman.com/projects-inprogress/?album=9&gallery=9

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