Avia B-33 is the license build Soviet attach plane Il-10. In 1951, the Czechoslovak firm Avia secured a license to make Il-10s, with the designation B-33.

Pilot climb into the cockpit of his Avia B-33

Pilot climb into the cockpit of his Avia B-33

The first one flew on 26 December 1951. Initially, their engines were Soviet-built. From 1952 onwards the engines were also produced in Czechoslovakia as the M-42. Besides the combat variant, a Czechoslovak trainer variant also entered service under the designation CB-33. In total, 1,200 B-33s were built by 1956.

Crew with their Avia B-33

Crew with their Avia B-33

In the CSSR service it have some other painting features them the rest of the planes used by Warsaw alliance. Camouflage colors was of the CSSR origins, top surface is Khaki, FS close match 34088, bottom is Modr Tyrkysova, FS range lighter then 25299. National insignia is placed in six positions, four on wings, two on vertical fin. Unit letters are mostly in white colors and on fuselage. In many cases spinners are painted in colorful colors.

No precise match in the range of model colors.

Speacial thanks to Nico Braas for his great help. All archive images are Borek Lhotsky collection

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