Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle

in North Korean Air Force service

Key Facts

Total Delivered: 20
Total Still Active: 0
Total Now Stored: 0
Service Entry: 1953
Retirement: n/a
Main Role: Bomber
Origin: USSR


An unknown quantity of Il-28 Beagle light bombers were delivered to North Korea in the early 1950s. Presumably, these were manned and flown by Soviet air crews. Operations during the Korean War are largely unknown, although ten took part in the victory parade over Pyongyang on 28 July 1953. Some 70 Il-28s were delivered from China by sea during the early 1960s. Deliveries continued until 1965/66 when relations between North Korea and China deteriorated. Large numbers reportedly remained in service during the late 1990s. Also see Harbin H-5.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
314 red       Il-28
0220 red       Il-28R


None available at present.

More Information


  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/2010 (Ian Carroll)
  • Ilyushin Il-28 Beagle – Light Attack Bomber (Yefim Gordon & Dmitry Komissarov)

Other Sources

To be added.

See other operators of the Ilyushin Il-28 'Beagle'

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