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Antonov An-2 Military Transport Aircraft

The Antonov An-2 is the largest single engine biplane ever made, it has with fabric-covered wings and tail plane and a semi-monocoque aluminium fuselage, thousands remain in use around the world. The Antonov An-2 prototype first flew on the 31st of August 1947, with production commencing in 1948. The Antonov An-2 has exceptional STOL capabilities and can be fully controlled in flight at as little as 30mph and requires as little as 170 m for takeoff making it ideal for use from short and ill prepared runways.

Antonov An-2 HA-MKF Military Transport Aircraft


To reduce its dependency on ground based equipment it is fitted with a compressor to inflate it's tyres and pneumatic shock absorbers, a re-fuelling pump is also fitted as standard equipment making it easy to re-fuel from 50 gallon drums. Although originally designed as a utility aircraft for forestry and agriculture use, a lightly armed version of the An-2, the An-2TD, was used for dropping paratroops and was given the code name "Colt" by NATO. Over 20,000 Antonov An-2's have been produced, approximately 6,000 in the USSR, the rest built under licence in Poland and China (Shijiazhuang Y-5), large scale production continuing until 1992.

Antonov An-2 Specifications:
  • Crew: Pilot only, or pilot and co-pilot
  • Capacity: 12 passengers
  • Length: 12.4 m (40 ft 8 in)            Wingspan: 18.2 m (59 ft 8 in)            Height: 4.1 m (13 ft)
  • Maximum weight weight: 5,500 kg (12,000 lb)
  • Maximum load: 2,140 kg
  • Engine: Single 1,000 hp (750 kW) Shvetsov ASh-62R 9-cylinder supercharged radial engine
  • Maximum speed: 258 km/h
  • Cruise speed: 190 km/h (100 knots, 120 mph)
  • Stall speed: ~50 km/h (26 knots, 30 mph)
  • Range: 845 km (456 nm, 525 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 4,500 m (14,750 ft)
Antonov Biplane


The aircraft pictured on this page is cn 1G223-43 HA-MKF (formerly OK-UIN, OM-UIN, OM-248) an Antonov An-2 built in Poland by PZL-Mielec.

An-2 Colt

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