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Ilyushin IL-86 (Camber)

Wide-Body Passenger Airliner

Soviet Union | 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.

Former operating nations included Armenia, China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine - all former Soviet-era states or allies.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Ilyushin IL-86 (Camber) Wide-Body Passenger Airliner.
4 x Kuznetsov NK-86 turbofan engines developing 28,665lb of thrust.
186 mph
300 kph | 162 kts
Max Speed
40,026 ft
12,200 m | 8 miles
Service Ceiling
2,485 miles
4,000 km | 2,160 nm
Operational Range
3,000 ft/min
914 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Ilyushin IL-86 (Camber) Wide-Body Passenger Airliner.
197.5 ft
60.20 m
O/A Length
157.6 ft
(48.05 m)
O/A Width
51.4 ft
(15.68 m)
O/A Height
259,043 lb
(117,500 kg)
Empty Weight
478,403 lb
(217,000 kg)
Notable series variants as part of the Ilyushin IL-86 (Camber) family line.
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.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Ilyushin IL-86 (Camber). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 106 Units

Contractor(s): Ilyushin OKB - Soviet Union
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 ]
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