Antonov An-26

1st Flight 1969

The Antonov An-26 is a twin-engine turboprop civilian and military transport aircraft, designed and produced in the Soviet Union from 1969 to 1986 and then from the Ukraine to the present.

The An-26 has a secondary bomber role with under wing bomb racks.

The racks are attached to the fuselage in front of and behind the rear landing gear.

 In the bombing role it was extensively used by the Vietnam People’s Air Force during the Cambodian–Vietnamese War and Sudanese Air Force during the Second Sudanese Civil War and the War in Darfur.

Also Russian Forces train with the An-26 as a bomber.

Specifications

Crew: five ( two pilots, one radio operator, one flight engineer, one navigator)

Capacity: 40 passengers / 5,500 kg (12,100 lb)

Length: 23.8 m (78 ft 1 in)

Wingspan: 29.3 m (96 ft 2 in)

Height: 8.58 m (28 ft 2 in)

Empty weight: 15,020 kg (33,113 lb)

Max take-off weight: 24,000 kg (52,911 lb)

Powerplant: 2 × Progress AI-24VT Turboprop engines, 2,103 kW (2,820 hp) each

Powerplant: 1 × Tumansky Ru-19-A300 Turbojet booster / APU, 7.85 kN (1,760 lbf) thrust

Propellers: 4-bladed Constant speed metal bladed propellers

Performance

Cruise speed: 440 km/h (270 mph, 240 kn)

Range: 2,500 km (1,600 mi, 1,300 nmi) with maximum fuel

Range with max payload: 1,100 km (680 mi)

Service ceiling: 7,500 m (24,600 ft)

Rate of climb: 8 m/s (1,600 ft/min).

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