Il-2 1946 includes all of the original IL-2 series content: IL-2 Sturmovik™: Forgotten Battles, Ace Expansion Pack, Pacific Fighters™ and alternate histry campaigns of year 1946. What was years ago began as a one-aircraft study sim is now an astonishing anthology, with a whopping 229 flyable aircraft and over 300 aircraft total!
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Release Date: Dec 15, 2006

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Il-2 1946 includes all of the original IL-2 series content: IL-2 Sturmovik™: Forgotten Battles, Ace Expansion Pack, Pacific Fighters™ and alternate histry campaigns of year 1946. What was years ago began as a one-aircraft study sim is now an astonishing anthology, with a whopping 229 flyable aircraft and over 300 aircraft total!

The game has been updated to the latest version 4.12.2. This community made update includes widescreen support with correct FOV, many new planes, maps and scenarios.

  • New Aircraft: 32 new flyable fighters and bombers, and four new AI aircraft!
  • New Maps: Large new historical maps of the Kiev region; a map of Manchuria focusing on a border region between USSR, China and Japanese-occupied Korea; a large bonus Burma map; and an online Khalkin Gol / Nomonhan map.
  • New Campaigns: Nine new campaigns with nearly 200 missions add incredible realism and attention to detail. There are detailed careers for fighter and bomber pilots, for the German, Soviet, and Japanese air forces, offering such varied objectives as flying jet bombers over occupied Europe, to intercepting American B-29 Super fortresses over Iwo Jima and Japanese home islands!
  • Alternate History: Three of the nine campaigns are a departure into alternate history, focusing on hypothetical battles between the Soviet Union and Germany in the year 1946, while WWII still rages on.
  • Nearly 1,000 new Paint schemes: The new planes, as well as many of the other ones in the series, come with a host of historical paint schemes, showing many of the individual aircraft or squadrons that served in WWII.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP/2000 (only)
    • Processor: Pentium® III or AMD Athlon™ 1 GHz (Pentium 4 2.4 GHz recommended)
    • Memory: 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9 compliant with 64 MB RAM (128 recommended)(see supported list*)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0 or higher
    • Sound: DirectX 9 compliant
    • Hard Drive: 1.1+ GB
    • Multiplay: Broadband Internet connection
    • * Supported Video Cards at Time of Release: ATI® Radeon™ 7000/8000/9000/X families, NVIDIA® GeForce™ 256/2/3/4/FX/6 families, Matrox Parhelia™, Intel® GMA 925X/915P/915G chipsets
    • (Laptop models of these cards not fully supported.)
      These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game. Additional chipsets may be supported after release. For an up-to-date list of supported chipsets, please visit the FAQ for this game on our support website at:
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Apart from the AI being extremely spammy, doing impossible maneuvers, and full throttle 24/7 with no overheating or fuel limits. its pretty good. id still recommend a more up to date flight sim though.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
60.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
buy it if u like planes m8
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209 of 214 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
494.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
An outstanding flight simulator for those WW2 freaks. I've been playing the IL2 series since the first iteration, and with these expansions, this is by far the greatest piston flight simulator ever made. Even though it was released in 2006 and sometimes feels like it, the gameplay is still tight, flight models are still amazing, damage models realistic, and editor still the greatest ever made. Multiplayer is nonexisteant without using Hyperlobby, but that is free software. The dynamic campaigns are serious fun and can eat up hundreds of hours, and the sheer volume of them means you'll never run out

Also. Members of the dev team are STILL updating the game. Just in October, they added 3 new aircraft and a large number of features. There have been hundreds of patches which fix even tiny bugs. The community is HUGE, and replayabillity is paramount.

There's a reason why this game has the most hours of play out of my entire library.
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86 of 87 people (99%) found this review helpful
69.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2014
I remember picking this game up back when I was a kid, and thinking that this is the best flight simulator to date. I logged a couple hundred hours with the hard copy of the game way back when. Then I just stopped playing for whatever reason. Later on I noticed that it was for sale on steam. Time to give it another shot I guess. Might as well burn a few more hours into it. Then when I loaded up the game I noticed a whole bunch of extensions tacked onto it. Some that I never even heard of. So I started up a quick dogfight with my usual Spitfire, and Tally-HO! Even to this day I feel as though this game is still in it's prime for an old WW2 Flight sim. Not only does this game give you endless hours of missions, dogfights, bomb runs, and flight support. Now you can extend your gameplay by creating your own missions in the full mission builder! And with endless aircraft to choose from, you're pretty much in it for the long-run. I cannot simply find enough time to try everything out in IL-2. It's just that good!
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97 of 104 people (93%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Decided to try and dog fight at 10000 feet on Normandy. After destroying 4 A-20 bombers, I then decided to drop down to about 1000-2000 feet to get a better view of the map. Now I am no pilot from the 1940s and this proved it because in my mind I figured the best way down was to just point the nose down and drop. This was a mistake. Around 4000 feet, my engine stopped and my left flap had literally sprung off the plane. I ended up gliding until I reached Caen and then crashed landed....all in all this is just utterly fantastic as a flight simulator and a dog fight game.
2000 feet out of 2000 feet.
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83 of 85 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
84.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
-Highly detailed aircraft
-Massive library of flyable aircraft
-Adjustable realism settings, allowing full simulation or more arcade style gameplay
-Time warping for faster play or slow motion
-Flexible camera, allowing for dynamic camera angles
-Customizable noseart and airplane skins
-Option to play own music in game
-Hours of playability with multiple campaigns, custom missions and scenarios to try

-Steep learning curve
-Outdated, 1998 styled menu
-Poor and repetitive voice acting
(I'm nitpicking)

Final verdict: Definitely worth it.
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76 of 78 people (97%) found this review helpful
57 people found this review funny
96.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
I began my career as Lt Hanz Schmit.
Being assigned to 109's defending the fatherland against thee communist invaders on the eastern front. I was the best of my squadron unit with 46 kills ranging from bombers to attackers to fighters, i began to lead the missions onto enemy territory but as the years passed, i began to realise the war was lost.
In the spring of 45' i began to fly the 262. The skies above were covered by the four engined menaces heading to bomb the cities where our families resided.
A tough fight ensued, we took heavy casualties but brought down most of the bonbers. Then it happened.
Left engine failed due to overheat and the aircraft plummeted toward the earth.
I jumped out as the aircraft as the left wing separated from tge main body and parachuted relatively safely on the ground bellow. Seconds later, my character was stiken by the loose wing from the skies above, ending the life of my brave little soldier.
Best. Sim. Ever.
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67 of 73 people (92%) found this review helpful
103 people found this review funny
37.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
The Pe-8 was a Soviet four-engine heavy bomber used during the Second World War. As the default list goes in the game it carries one of the most powerful munitions in the form of the FAB-5000, a 5000kg conventional bomb.

As I was flying I flew low and dropped this munition because I'm stupid and didn't map my bombsight controls. My ventral gunners were killed instantly, all four engines burst into flames, and I was sent to a fiery death at an altitude of 400 meters.

11/10 would doom aircrew again.
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41 of 42 people (98%) found this review helpful
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2014
I am not going to lie, these graphics will seem ancient to most of you but that is just one "con" in an entire ocean of "pros". If you are in any way interested in flight, world war two and realism, i would give this game a go because the content of the game in my honest opinion is worth far more than the $10 is is sold at. The flight physics will hold up against most flight sims of these times (not to mention that the game it's self both physics and content is constantly being worked on despite the games release some 7-8 years ago). ontop of that this game is also compatible with the head tracking device "trackIR" making it all the more fun and realistic.
On another note i do not recommend this simulator to anyone without a joystick becuase you will find it incredibly hard to control even the most basic manoeuvers because of such realistic events as "stall and spin".

All in all this flight sim is by far one of the most complex, in depth, realistic i have ever played only being topped by DCS but had it been for a WW2 sim only, Il-2 Sturmovik would take 1st place any day.
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44 of 47 people (94%) found this review helpful
269.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
It may be eight years old, but IL-2 1946 still holds a candle to more recent sims on the market. It's an affordable entry into the world of flight simulators, and has something to offer the novice as well as the experienced enthusiast. While DCS and other titles that share the philosophy of its developers opt for maximum realism, IL-2 exceeds in the area of bredth without sacrificing the depth and detail necessary for a proper sim. The amount of aircraft and maps included is impressive, and combined with the active modding and tweaking scene, the possibilities for fun and engaging scenarios are huge. For the low price, you're getting a game that's polished with realism, variety, and accessibility. It is my WWII sim of choice.
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7.4 hrs
Posted: October 24
>is flying BF109.
>is rekting russian bombers
>"accidently" clips wing on enemy in parachute
>entire ♥♥♥♥ing wing flies off
>russians are men of steel
>"eight! bail! hit the sink!"
>canopy pops open
>character doesnt come out of cockpit
>is now hurtling towards the ground
>manages to get plane level
>is good on landing
>accidently goes into nosedive
>nose hits ground
>plane bounces
>plane does a couple spins in the air
>plane lands on the ground like a feather
>character suddenly pops out of aircraft
>starts sprinting in no specific direction
>randomly jumps and falls on ground
>is unconcious
>is captured by russians

Karma, folks.
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169.2 hrs
Posted: October 17
good but y is there no bombers at least make it a DLC like really its not cool.
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27.2 hrs
Posted: October 17
Very nice flight sim.
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38.5 hrs
Posted: October 16
How tough are you?

I play IL-2 Sturmovik:1946 on Simulation mode



Mouse support would be great but after 5 years of playing this game (mostly the CD version) you'll learn how to fly with the arrow keys.
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55.8 hrs
Posted: October 7
Great Game!!!
This game has tons of planes to fly but it does take a while to learn how to fly as you need to memorise lots of controls. It's only $10 and even though it doesn't have the best graphics, you don't buy this game for the graphics you buy it for the gameplay.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: October 6
I have hundreds of hours in this game outside of steam long before I had it. Love this game, very true WW2 flight sim.
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58.1 hrs
Posted: September 30
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298.0 hrs
Posted: September 30
This game when you first buy it it is good but with the vast and vast amounts of mods it become so much more and modding is super easy i highly recomend this game it is very fun and easy to play and mod
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