Bring Planes Back to Life

Bring Planes Back to Life

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.

Bring Planes Back to Life

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.

Bring Planes Back to Life

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.

Bring Planes Back to Life

Bring Planes Back to Life

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.

Bring Planes Back to Life

Everything has to be under restoration: tubes, wires, little hatches (the last ones you can see in the picture).

Bring Planes Back to Life

The aircraft frame is in a good condition, but everything will be tested and inspected and all damaged details will be replaced.

Bring Planes Back to Life

Disassembled wing flaps.

Bring Planes Back to Life

Bring Planes Back to Life

The rudder was dismantled in February and is now under restoration.

Bring Planes Back to Life

The aircraft had a hydropneumatic autopilot.

Bring Planes Back to Life

Old rusty screws are turned off.

Bring Planes Back to Life

Or cut with an angle grinder.

Bring Planes Back to Life

Then screws are replaced by new stainless German ones.

Bring Planes Back to Life

Engines are very difficult to restore. Meet the Ash-82T.

Bring Planes Back to Life

A cracked cylinder cover will be also replaced.

Bring Planes Back to Life

A damaged high-voltage cable to a sparking plug.

Bring Planes Back to Life

A new fuel filter of the Mig-29.

Bring Planes Back to Life

An oil tank.

Bring Planes Back to Life

A dent on the side is made to fit a landing gear in it.

Bring Planes Back to Life

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.

Bring Planes Back to Life

“A boarding bridge”.

Bring Planes Back to Life

A stabilizer attaching in the aft section.

Bring Planes Back to Life

Bring Planes Back to Life

The section №0, load no more than 800 kg/m².

Bring Planes Back to Life

A cabin.

Bring Planes Back to Life

A tank of the hydraulic system. Gray cylinders are hydraulic accumulators, red ones are fire-fighting.

Bring Planes Back to Life

A panel of filling stations.

Bring Planes Back to Life

Navigator’s blisters.

Bring Planes Back to Life

Bring Planes Back to Life

Bring Planes Back to Life

A control panel.

29 thoughts on “Bring Planes Back to Life”

    • Well, they could be trying to restore a more complex plane, it isn’t outside the realm of possibility for a knowledgeable group of amateurs to restore this plane to be airworthy again but I would be trepidatious about going on the maiden flight.

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  1. Very positive developement that they are trying to restor history. This plane looks very much like the American planes of the era.

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    • That is because it is inspired on those planes. Its the replacement of the Li-2, a Russian build version of the DC-3. Hence it makes sense it follows the same design path as its US counter parts(DC-4, Convair series, etc).

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  2. These people are really dedicated. Maybe some company could provide some safety equipment, like safety glasses and face shields.Please show again when the job is finished.

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  3. I have great respect for people who do restorations and help to perserve a part of history like these people. This is a wonderful posts, I hope there will be a follow-up to it in the future.

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  4. This the only blog post without someone saying how the U.S. is better the Russia in some way. Crazy. It probably won’t take long.

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  5. That is an awesome action of those volunteers.
    I am shure they will succeed if there is some tecnician and some air craft expert among them.
    Some engeneers are needed
    If I had a transport company I would had sponsored them, to later use that plane
    It will work out if they don’t give up!
    I hope they find some sponsors because the whole plane needs to be re-wired completely to be safe.
    (not to mention the other costly mechanisms)
    And metal fatigue inspections.

    if it will sensibilizise other people across russia to do the same .. miracles can happen
    May God help those guys

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  6. In Serbia, Belgrade, we have Aeronautical museum, located at the airport “Nikola Tesla”. There is a IL-14P Reg. No 71301, belonged president Tito in perfect interior(saloon with three compartments ) condition.Exterior is sadly in poor condition, because airplane is parked outside.
    Anyway, I like these actions!
    With best wishes to successful completition of this work!
    MOLODEC!

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  7. It’s very curious if the original owner of the airplane (government) will allow it to fly again. Civil restoration will often involve some alternative circuits, many original functions removed. That stuff must be somehow tested to allow that airplane to fly. Another question: that engine will eat tons of gasoline. Who will help the project? really, if anyone there can talk to them, you tell them to contact those redbull guys.

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  8. in addition to difficulties with the reconstruction, they are faced with an enormous bureaucracy that would interfere with aircraft register, and then fly.

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    • Depends on the country. This isn’t a commercial airliner but experimental class flying machine (even if it looks like a commercial airplane) and there are quite different rules for those in most countries.

      I know from experience that in most EU-countries it’s easier to get a permission to fly a machine you’ve built (experimental class) than get a self-made car registered.

      Totally absurd regulation which has only one real reason: Cars are heavily taxed, you may not circumvent taxation by building your own.

      Hats off to these people, they are at least trying.

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