Ilyushin Il-28 (Beagle)

I first came across the "Beagle" when I was a young boy and a very keen builder of Airfix model kits. It was the images in the Airfix Magazines of this kit that always fascinated me. Unfortunately, my pocket money could only ever stretch to a Series 1 kit, and the Beagle was (if I remember correctly) a Series 4.

History

Development began in late 1947 to meet a requirement for a tactical bomber that could carry a 6,600lb (3,000kg) bomb load, and have a speed of 500mph (800kmh).

With a crew of 3 (pilot, navigator/bombardier and rear gunner), deliveries to the Soviet airforce started in early 1950.

The Il-28 has seen combat in the Middle East during the Arab-Isreali wars, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Nigeria and the Yemen.

Also licence built by Czechoslovakia as the B-28. Plus copied by China as various types of H-5 (exported as B5).

Withdrawn from the Soviet Airforce in the 1980s, however, many continue to be operated to date (December 2014), specifically by North Korea.

Versions

Il-28

Speed Weight Span Length
478mph (cruise), 560mph (max) 28,417lb (empty), 46,738lb (max) 70ft 4.5in 57ft 11in

Il-28U Trainer

Speed Weight Span Length
478mph (cruise), 560mph (max) 28,417lb (empty), 46,738lb (max) 70ft 4.5in 57ft 11in

Il-28R Tactical Reconnaissance

Speed Weight Span Length
478mph (cruise), 560mph (max) 28,417lb (empty), 46,738lb (max) 70ft 4.5in 57ft 11in

Il-28RTR ELINT

Speed Weight Span Length
478mph (cruise), 560mph (max) 28,417lb (empty), 46,738lb (max) 70ft 4.5in 57ft 11in

Il-28REB ECM

Speed Weight Span Length
478mph (cruise), 560mph (max) 28,417lb (empty), 46,738lb (max) 70ft 4.5in 57ft 11in

Il-28T Torpedo Bomber

Speed Weight Span Length
478mph (cruise), 560mph (max) 28,417lb (empty), 46,738lb (max) 70ft 4.5in 57ft 11in

Il-28N Nuclear Bomber

Speed Weight Span Length
478mph (cruise), 560mph (max) 28,417lb (empty), 46,738lb (max) 70ft 4.5in 57ft 11in

Il-28PL Anti Submarine Warfare

Speed Weight Span Length
478mph (cruise), 560mph (max) 28,417lb (empty), 46,738lb (max) 70ft 4.5in 57ft 11in

Il-28Sh Ground Attack (Shturmovik)

Speed Weight Span Length
478mph (cruise), 560mph (max) 28,417lb (empty), 46,738lb (max) 70ft 4.5in 57ft 11in

Il-28ZA Weather reconnaissance (civilian)

Speed Weight Span Length
478mph (cruise), 560mph (max) 28,417lb (empty), 46,738lb (max) 70ft 4.5in 57ft 11in

Il-28M and Il-28BM Target tugs

Speed Weight Span Length
478mph (cruise), 560mph (max) 28,417lb (empty), 46,738lb (max) 70ft 4.5in 57ft 11in

Users

Country Service Model Dates
Afghanistan Airforce Il-28 and Il-28U 1957 to 1990s
Albania Airforce Il-28 1957 to 1971
Algeria Airforce Il-28 1962 to ?
Bulgaria Airforce Il-28 and Il-28U 1955 to 1974
People's Republic of China Airforce and Navy Il-28 and Il-28U plus H5 variants 1960s to 2011
Cuba Airforce Il-28 1962 to 1962
Czechoslovakia Airforce Il-28, Il-28U, Il-28RTR plus B-228 and CB-228 1954 to 1973
East Germany Airforce Il-28, Il-28U 1954 to 1982
Egypt Airforce Il-28 1956 to 1980s(?)
Finland Airforce Il-28, Il-28R 1960s to 1981
Hungary Airforce Il-28, Il-28U, Il-28R 1955 to ?
Indonesia Airforce Il-28 1961 to 1970
Iraq Airforce Il-28, Il-28U 1961 to 1991
Morocco Airforce Il-28 ?
Nigeria Airforce Il-28 ?
North Korea Airforce Il-28 plus H5 versions 1960s to date
Vietnam (North) Airforce Il-28 ?
South Yemen Airforce Il-28 ?
Poland Airforce Il-28, Il-28U, Il-28R 1952 to 1977
Romania Airforce Il-28, Il-28U, Il-28R 1955 to 2001
Soviet Union Airforce and Air Defence Force Il-28 all versions 1950 to 1980s
Syria Airforce Il-28 1960s to 1980s

Sources and Reference

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