As we already know there are many abandoned helicopters and airplanes in Russia. Vandals take parts of engines for souvenirs. But today we’ll find people who are not indifferent to this problem. A group of volunteers gathered to restore the abandoned Ilyushin Il-14.
Previously the plane stood alone in the central parking lot with two other abandoned planes Antonov An-26. Then one AN-26 was cut for scrap metal and the giant IL-14 was removed from corner to corner, then at last it was thrown in the grass. It was a great plane, and why was it left and nobody took care of it? The airplane was just dying silently. Indifferent people decided not to stand aside and restore the plane.
Volunteers examined the plane thoroughly and read all information about the IL-14. Fortunately damages turned to be not so serious and the plane construction not so difficult. Not difficult, but genius, as reconstructors believe. In general people occupied by these works admire and deeply respect this plane. So that is why they agreed for such a noble action. The restoration works began in December, 2010. According to plans, they will be over in 2012.
Many people from different parts of Moscow work over the project. Their families, of course, complain about their absence at home, but these men are really happy to participate in the project.
Everything has to be under restoration: tubes, wires, little hatches (the last ones you can see in the picture).
The aircraft frame is in a good condition, but everything will be tested and inspected and all damaged details will be replaced.
Disassembled wing flaps.
The rudder was dismantled in February and is now under restoration.
The aircraft had a hydropneumatic autopilot.
Old rusty screws are turned off.
Or cut with an angle grinder.
Then screws are replaced by new stainless German ones.
Engines are very difficult to restore. Meet the Ash-82T.
A cracked cylinder cover will be also replaced.
A damaged high-voltage cable to a sparking plug.
A new fuel filter of the Mig-29.
An oil tank.
A dent on the side is made to fit a landing gear in it.
The IL-14T has two ways to leave the Tushino airdrome: to fly by its own forces or to be put on a barge and brought to a take-off ground.
“A boarding bridge”.
A stabilizer attaching in the aft section.
The section №0, load no more than 800 kg/m².
A tank of the hydraulic system. Gray cylinders are hydraulic accumulators, red ones are fire-fighting.
A panel of filling stations.
A control panel.