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Antonov An-26




NATO code name ‘Curl’, the Antonov An-26 is a twin-engine transport aircraft first flown in May 1969 and exhibited at the 1969 Paris Air Show. A militarised development of the An-24 airliner, the pressurised An-26 flew first in 1968 and differs from the An-24 in featuring a rear loading ramp, more powerful lvchenko turbine-engines and an auxiliary turbojet in the right engine nacelle.

An improved An-26B version was announced in 1981 with an improved freight handling system.



Approximately 1,410 An-26s and An-26Bs were built by GAZ 473 at Kiev, 1968-85, before being superseded in production by An-32. Production of the An-26 Curl twin--turboprop transport and its hot-and-high deriv-ative, the An-32 Cline, continued in 1987. They were widely exported, serving in more than 20 countries. It was developed into the An-26 (freighter), the An-30 (survey/photo) and the An-32 (hot and high version).

A derivative Y7H-500 was built by Xian Aircraft Company, in China.




The Antonov An-26 arrived in Cuba in late 1978 and early 1979. The fleet consisted of two squadrons numbered from FAR 12-20 to FAR 12-39. In the first half of the 80s, more aircraft of this type were incorporated, reaching more than 30, of which 4 became Aerocaribbean.
The remaining AN-26s begin to change their military paint scheme, known as "chipojos" to the Cubana de Aviación paint scheme but without belonging to the airline. In 1994 with the emergence of Aerogaviota, most of these aircraft were painted with the new scheme. At present (2014) only around 5 Antonov An-26 aircraft remain active.
Antonov An-26 of Cubana de Aviación




An-26: standard version of tactical transport.
An-26B: Equipped with two Ivchenko Al-24VT turboprops, of greater power.
An-26BRL: Research version for frozen areas.
An-26L: Track calibration version.
An-26M: Air ambulance.
An-26P: Fire control plane.
An-26RTR: Electronic warfare and signals intelligence version.
An-26ST: Special missions version manufactured for the Air Force of the German Democratic Republic.
An-26Z-1: Signal intelligence aircraft (SIGINT).
Y-7H: Chinese version of military transport (No license).
Y-7-500: Chinese civil cargo version (Unlicensed).


Engines: 2 × Progress AI-24VT turboprop, 2,103 kW / 2,820 hp
Wingspan: 29.20 m
Wingarea: 74.98 m²
Length: 23.80 m
Height: 8.58 m
Empty weight: 15,020 kg
Maximum takeoff weight: 24,000 kg
Load: 5,500 kg
Cruise speed: 440 km / h (237 knots, 273 mph)
Range: 2,550 km; 1,100 km at full load
Service ceiling: 7,500 m (24,600 ft)
Rate of climb: 8 m / s (1,575 ft / min)
Crew: 5 (2 pilots, 1 radio operator, 1 flight engineer, 1 navigator)
Capacity: 40 passengers


Engine: 2 x turbo prop AI-24T, 2075kW and 1 x turbo-jet RU-19-300, 8.8kW
Wingspan: 29.2 m / 95 ft 10 in
Length: 23.8 m / 78 ft 1 in
Height: 8.6 m / 28 ft 3 in
Wing area: 75.0 sq.m / 807.29 sq ft
Take-off weight: 24000 kg / 52911 lb
Max payload: 5.500kg / 40 passengers.
Max. speed: 540 km/h / 336 mph
Cruise speed: 430 km/h / 267 mph
Ceiling: 7500 m / 24600 ft
Range w/max.fuel: 2550 km / 1585 miles
Range w/max.payload: 980 km / 609 miles
Crew: 5
Passengers: 38-40
Hold cap: 1765 cu.ft.



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