|Wing Load (kg/m2)||304|
|Power load (kg/hp)||4.6|
|Speed at 0m||588km/h|
|Speed at 9000m (calculated)||565km/h with ASh-73TK|
The first aircraft to be named Il-18. Passenger/cargo for medium-to-long airlines, very similar by its type and characteristics to Tu-70. Pressurized fuselage of circular cross-section, engines without superchargers (not ready in time) rotated four-bladed propellers.
First flight took place on August 17, 1946 - three months ahead of the 'rival'. Preliminary trials were successful and ended on July 30, 1947. But at the time project was cancelled. Supercharged ASh-73TK engines, planned for the production model were not received. Most importantly, similar Tu-70 used 3/4 parts of the mass built Tu-4.
There also was more serious reason behind failure if the Il-18 (as well as its rival). Shortly after the War country could not afford large passenger aircraft, and demand of passenger transportations was well satisfied by fleet of smaller Li-2, Il-12 and Il-14.
Only ten years later Il-18 was 're-born' in form of new aircraft
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