In the Murmansk region, people raised another WW2 airplane from the bottom of a lake. It’s a single seater IL-2 fighter plane.
They hope they will be able to get it back into the skies after a restoration job.
They hope it can even take part in air shows across the world. They have experience in restoring IL-2 planes, but this will be, according to they words, “the world’s first flying IL-2 single seater fighter after a proper restoration.”
Their two-seater plane restored earlier, made a flight to Germany this year (2018) for the ILA Berlin airshow there. “We have already received invitations from other countries”.
This plane was shot down on Sunday August 22, 1943 during an attack on the Luostari airfield in the Murmansk region. The pilot was able to land on the lake and then left the plane. It sunk in 10-11 metres of water.
They hope they can restore it because the cold water, soft muddy lake bottom, and controlled landing not cause a lot of damage to plane.