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Ilyushin IL-86 (Camber)

Wide-Body Passenger Airliner [ 1980 ]

The Ilyushin IL-86, a product of the Soviet Cold War period, proved less successful than its Western wide-body airliner counterparts.

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Just prior to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the country fielded its first four-engined wide-body jet airliner for short-to-medium routes (something of a competitor to the West's more successful Boeing Model 747 "Jumbo Jet"). This product - the relatively short-lived "IL-86" - emerged from the storied Soviet aero-concern of Ilyushin and represented a major national accomplishment - despite a prolonged developmental period and production totals reaching just 106 units (1976 to 1991). Despite this, the IL-86 still managed to find some marketplace value, even coming into use with the modern Russian Air Force (four examples under the "IL-86VKP" mark). All civilian market IL-86 airliners have been retired since 2011, these having operated with air carriers such as Aeroflot, Donavia, Kras Air, Siberia Airlines, and Xinjiang Airlines.

The IL-86 was known to NATO under the name of "Camber" and became the foundational airframe for the follow-up Ilyushin IL-96 of 1992 (30 produced). This aircraft is detailed elsewhere on this site.

Everything quality of the IL-86 was highly conventional: Its layout incorporated the flightdeck over a short nosecone assembly and the wing mainplanes were set along the lower sides of the tubular fuselage in the usual way. Under each mainplane member were a pair of podded engines. The undercarriage was of a non-conventional arrangement in that three main legs (as opposed to two) were used in conjunction with the twin-wheeled nose leg. The tail unit incorporated a single, large vertical fin with low-mounted horizontal planes.

Power to the design came from 4 x Kuznetsov NK-86 turbofan engines outputting 28,665lb of thrust. Typical cruising speeds reached 160 knots with a range out to 1,835 nautical miles and a rate-of-climb equal to 3,000 feet-per-minute.

The 255,000lb (empty) aircraft was crewed by three or four depending on operator and a flight crew of eleven could be carried. Total passenger seating could reach up to 350 persons while a mixed-class arrangement reduced this number to 320. Beyond its passenger-hauling capabilities, the aircraft could manage up to 565,035 cubic feet of cargo across three individual compartments. The maximum take-off weight was rated up to 460,000lb.

The aircraft became the subject of several championed - but ultimately unrealized - forms including Long-Range (LR) and High-Capacity (HC) versions. Additionally, one proposal was to cover re-engined (RB211-22 series turbofans) IL-86 airliners under the IL-86V designation.

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Service Year

Soviet Union national flag graphic
Soviet Union

In Limited Service.


National flag of Armenia National flag of China National flag of Georgia National flag of Kazakhstan National flag of Pakistan National flag of Russia National flag of the Soviet Union National flag of Ukraine National flag of Uzbekistan Armenia; China; Georgia; Kazakhstan; Pakistan; Russia; Soviet Union; Uzbekistan; Ukraine
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.
Used in roles serving the commercial aviation market, ferrying both passengers and goods over range.

197.5 ft
(60.20 m)
157.6 ft
(48.05 m)
51.4 ft
(15.68 m)
Empty Wgt
259,043 lb
(117,500 kg)
478,403 lb
(217,000 kg)
Wgt Diff
+219,360 lb
(+99,500 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Ilyushin IL-86 (Camber) production variant)
Installed: 4 x Kuznetsov NK-86 turbofan engines developing 28,665lb of thrust.
Max Speed
186 mph
(300 kph | 162 kts)
40,026 ft
(12,200 m | 8 mi)
2,485 mi
(4,000 km | 2,160 nm)
3,000 ft/min
(914 m/min)

♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030

(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Ilyushin IL-86 (Camber) production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)

Supported Types

(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
IL-86 ("Camber") - Base Series Designation.
IL-86D - Proposed long-range variant.
IL-86V - Proposed high-capacity variant.
IL-86V (II) - Proposed re-engined variant with RB211-22 series turbofans.
IL-80 - Military Airborne Command Post variant for the Soviet (Russian) Air Force.

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