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VIP transport in a “Crate”

19 June 2013

VIP transport in a “Crate”

21º 01′ 59″ N / 105º 50′ 24″ E

 

Ilyushin Il 14 (NATO reporting name "Crate") in the courtyard of the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

Ilyushin Il 14 (NATO reporting name “Crate”) in the courtyard of the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

Catherine Dowman recently visited the Vietnam Military History Museum (Bảo tàng Lịch sử Quân sự Việt Na) in Hanoi Vietnam and contributed these copyrighted images for this post. The aircraft is a Russian made Ilyushin Il 14 which has “Crate” as its NATO reporting name and was flown by the Air Force Regiment 919. This particular aircraft is historical since it is one of three which would also serve to transport President Ho Chi Minh.

— Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

This information sign says it all, and in three languages 🙂 — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

— Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

Note the Il 14’s nose window — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

— Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

Two radial engines and stout landing gear made the Il 14 a rugged cargo aircraft — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

— Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

The Crate’s right side main landing gear and empennage — Catherine Dowman photograph ©2013

See the previous post for more of Ms Dowman’s images taken in the Vietnam Military History Museum as well as a review of the museum.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Preston permalink
    19 June 2013 14:39

    The window was so the navigator could see the ground. In Russia for the Bomb Aimer.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      19 June 2013 17:06

      I agree that it is useful for the navigator 🙂

  2. 19 June 2013 22:26

    Looks a bit like a Convair 240 or a Martin 404… (Shades of Lend-Lease!)

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      19 June 2013 23:39

      Yes, I agree. When I first saw it I almost had an out-of-body experience!

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