The first Antonov AN-2 was built in 1947 at the Antonov
Design Bureau located in the Ukraine. Soon afterward
production moved to Poland where Mielec manufactured the
bulk of the AN-2 fleet that exists today.
The simplicity of design, considerable payload, and robust
structure made the AN-2 suitable for operation in remote
locations such as Northern Russia.
The AN-2's mission included transport of passengers, cargo
& paratroop carrier, crop dusting and air ambulance. The
aircraft is powered by a 1000 hp. radial engine.
Due in part to the high lift of the biplane configuration and
significant power, the AN-2 has remarkable slow speed and
short field characteristics. The aircraft can seat a dozen
people. It is self sufficient to the point of containing its own
compressed air source, and a self fueling system that can
draw fuel from a drum and pumps it vertically 14' to the top
wing fuel cells.
The aircraft can also be hand started. This is accomplished
through a geared crank that is attached to a flywheel that
when reaching the speed of 60 RPM a clutch mechanism is
released that cranks the engine.
Total worldwide production is reported to exceed 18,000
units. The aircraft continues to be produced under licence in
China as the Y5-B.
This site currently tracks the refurbishment of N7083D, a
1976 Antonov AN-2, along with other trivial pursuits. More
pictures are needed!
Send your images and comments to Zig@Vitols.org.
Thanks a bunch, and we'll see you at the airport!