Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle (208 Red) as used by the East German Air Force at the Luftwaffenmuseum, Berlin-Gatow (Germany)
This Il-28 was build in 1954 and flew in 1964 in the East German Air Force (Luftstreitkräfte der Nationalen Volksarmee) as 208 Red.
Her last flight took her on 20 October 1982 to the Offiziershochschule der Luftstreitkräfte/Luftverteidigung für Militärflieger
(Officers College of the Air Forces/Air Defence for military pilots) "Otto Lilienthal" at Bautzen.
The Ilyushin Il-28 (NATO reporting name: Beagle) is a jet bomber of the immediate postwar period that was originally manufactured for the Soviet Air Forces. It was the Soviet Union's first such aircraft to enter large-scale production. It was also licence-built in China as the Harbin H-5. Total production in the USSR was 6316 aircraft, and over 319 H-5s were built. Only 187 examples of the HJ-5 training variant were manufactured. In the 1990s hundreds remained in service with various air forces over 50 years after the Il-28 first appeared. The only H-5s in service currently are approximately 80 aircraft which operate with the Korean People's Air Force. The East German Air Force (Luftstreitkräfte der Nationalen Volksarmee) operated 12 Il-28s and one Il-28U aircraft, primarily on target tug and engine testing duties between 1954 and 1982.
The Luftwaffenmuseum, now known as the Militärhistorisches Museum (MHM) der Bundeswehr - Flugplatz Berlin-Gatow
(Bundeswehr Museum of Military History - Berlin-Gatow Airfield), is the Berlin branch of the Bundeswehr Military History Museum. The museum acts as an independent military department. Entrance to the museum is free. The museum is in Berlin at a former Luftwaffe and Royal Air Force (RAF) airfield, RAF Gatow. The focus is on military history, particularly the history of the post-war German Air Force. The museum has a collection of more than 200.000 items, including 155 aeroplanes, 5.000 uniforms and 30.000 books. There are also displays (including aeroplanes) on the history of the airfield when it was used by the RAF. Although there are also several helicopters and MiG fighters used during the Cold War by East German forces.