The book is a popular biography of the aircraft designer, S. V. Ilyushen, highlighting his successful aircraft. Brief descriptions are given of the IL-2, IL-4, IL-8, IL-10, IL-16, IL-20, IL-22, IL-28, IL-30, IL-46, IL-54, IL-12, IL-18, and the IL-62 jet passenger plane. The book, however is largely inspirational in tone without much scientific value.
Edited trans. of mono. Konstruktor Legendarnykh Ilov, Moscow, 1970 p1-120, by Francis T. Russell.