Ceremonial Event Held at IL OJSC on the Eve of Victory Day

09 May 2017
Flowers were laid in front of Sergei Ilyushin monument and war veterans were honoured as part of a festive meeting dedicated to the 72th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

General Director Aleksei Rogozin and honoured chief designer Genrikh Novozhilov delivered their speeches in front of the personnel of Ilyushin Aviation Complex.

Aleksei Rogozin highlighted the company’s contribution to the Victory’s cause and reminded about the role which IL-2 and IL-4 aircraft had played in the Great Patriotic War.

«IL-2 aircraft can be called, without exaggeration, the primary weapon of our aviation in the Great Patriotic War. The pilots of these aircraft crushed the German forces at every theatre of war. The creators called this strike fighter an “aircraft of concrete» and “black death». And today, IL-2 remains a symbol of the Victory. Our goal is to live up to those who forged this Victory with their courage and hard work and to become worthy successors of the great cause of aircraft manufacture», Aleksei Rogozin said.

After expounding the mission of creating new examples of aviation, which is currently set before IL OJSC, he gave the floor to Genrikh Novozhilov.

«I express my deepest gratitude to the founder of the experimental design bureau Sergei Vladimirovich Ilyushin and his coworkers who created an aircraft of Victory», said Genrikh Novozhilov and emphasized that, since the foundation of the design bureau, IL aircraft had always been on batch production.

The veterans of the Great Patriotic War working at the company received valuable presents.

Shortly before that, on May 4, a delegation of veterans and Ilyushin employees, as tradition has it, laid flowers in front of the IL-2 aircraft monument in the town of Istra.

Ceremonial events dedicated to Victory Day are carried out annually. Ilyushin Aviation Complex treasures the memory of the great deeds of the veterans of the Great Patriotic War, both front-line soldiers and home front workers, who made an invaluable contribution to the common victory. The museum of IL OJSC hosts a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Great Patriotic War, and special events are held on a regular basis.