Ilyushin IL-18


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Ilyushin IL-18

The llyushin Il-18 was developed in the mid-1950s to meet an Aeroflot requirement for a medium-range 75/100-seat transport, and the first prototype flew on 4 July 1957. Aeroflot inaugurated use of the type on its Moscow-Adler and Moscow-Alma-Ata routes on 20 April 1959, and eventually something more than 700 of these aircraft were built. Of the total built only small numbers entered military service, primarily for VIP transport.

As Il-18s have been retired from civil use some have been converted into the ECM or electronic intelligence (Elmt) ll-20s, and these have the NATO reporting name 'Coot-A'. It seems likely that the numbers of these aircraft will increase as the turboprop-powered ll-18s are retired from Aeroflot use when replaced by turbofan-powered airliners. In addition to the 'Coot-A' there is another military version, the maritime reconnaissance/ASW Il-38 'May' developed from the Il-18 airliner. This differs from the standard Il-18 by having a lengthened fuselage, MAD (magnetic anomaly detection) tail 'sting', weapon-carrying capability, and the wing located much further forward on the fuselage to offset the change in centre of gravity resulting from the introduction of more equipment and stores. About 60 are believed to be in use by the Soviet naval air force and one squadron in India

Ilyushin IL-18

 ENGINE4 x turbo-prop AI-20, 2940kW
  Take-off weight61200 kg134924 lb
  Empty weight34500 kg76060 lb
  Wingspan37.4 m123 ft 8 in
  Length35.9 m118 ft 9 in
  Height10.2 m33 ft 6 in
  Wing area140.0 m21506.95 sq ft
  Max. speed685 km/h426 mph
  Cruise speed650 km/h404 mph
  Range5000 km3107 miles
  Range w/max.fuel6500 km4039 miles
  Range w/max payload3700 km2299 miles

Viktor, e-mail, 10.02.2018 00:46

Ilyushin IL-18 available for ACMI lease or charter flight .

For details, contact on


Luc Cheek, 14.03.2017 17:06

Could we get a price for this plane?


george, e-mail, 22.01.2014 17:22

that is awesome


Dennis Edwards, e-mail, 10.01.2011 19:03

First time I saw an IL-18 was in October 1977. I was touring East Germany (GDR) 'discovering' socialism. I spent a whold day at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport photographing the comings & goings. No one made any attempt to stop me. There were many Interflug IL-18's present, I remember they used to use them on their E Berlin /Moscow /Tashkent /Hanoi route. Aeroflop IL-18's were parked all over the tarmac. The Soviet airline used to fly non-stop to Leningrad, Kiev, Minsk as well as Moscow from E Berlin. Most of the aircraft movement were from other eastern European countries, but Finnair, Iraq Airways, SAS, KLM & Austrian Airlines also had a presence at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport.


Nikos J. Farsaris, e-mail, 25.07.2010 02:37

As regards WOLF's report, when did it happen? I live in Crete an I would like to know more...


Kiril, e-mail, 20.10.2009 15:55

I have Ilyushin IL-18 for sale. Contact me for more information.


wolf, e-mail, 19.10.2007 21:19

at the romanian company TAROM the called it "the mule" regarding to his excelent ruggednes and good flight propertyes. One of the IL 18 of TAROM made a safe bellilanding on an beach in Creta after all 4 engines stopped due to iceing in the fuel.


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