Russia State Transport Company, Ilyushin Il-18D
In October 2013 I will be going to North Korea. Not only will I see the Hermit Kingdom but will have the opportunity to fly in 7 Russian aircraft and be able to photograph at airports in DPRK. The flights will all be in aircraft belonging to the national airline "Air Koryo". The types are all shown in various markings and the photos are not taken by me. My own photos will of course be published after the tour, and I will also blog about my experiences, both the flying and the non flying.
The Ilyushin IL-18 (NATO reporting name: Coot) is a large turboprop airliner that became one of the best known Soviet aircraft of its era as well as one of the most popular and durable, having first flown in 1957 and still being in civilian use 55 years later. The IL-18 was one of the world's principal airliners for several decades and was widely exported. Due to the aircraft's airframe durability, many achieved over 45,000 flight hours. The IL-18's successor was the long range IL-62 jet airliner.
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Photo Source: Sergey Riabsev