The Ilyushin IL-14 (Ильюшин Ил-14) “Crate” was a Soviet twin-engine passenger and cargo transport aircraft, first flown in 1954. The IL-14 was a much-needed successor to the widely used Douglas DC-3 (which was older and built by Cold War rivals in America) and the Ilyushin IL-12 (which was annoyingly prone to dangerous “engine out” emergencies during take-off). The IL-14 became a reliable workhorse in both military and civilian aviation throughout Asia, eastern Europe, parts of Africa, and in Cuba until the 1980s and early ’90s.
This one, built in 1954 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, now lives in stately retirement at the Pacific Coast Air Museum, in Santa Rosa, California. It’s also on display (or rather the picture above is) at the Viewpoint Gallery in Sacramento, as my contribution to the annual “Twelve” exhibit this December. The theme, “Twelve: Parallels“, was selected to encourage photographers to explore connections and relatedness within the photographic frame and in particular to submit multiple images in diptychs, triptychs, and polyptychs. Come on by the gallery if you’re in Sacramento this month; it’s an excellent exhibit!
Tim Messick Photography • Graphics
Copyright © 2011 Tim Messick. All rights reserved.