Antonov An-6

An-6 - version of the high-altitude reconnaissance weather developed in OKB-153 them. Antonova at the end of 40-ies on the basis of the unit An-2.

In terms of aerodynamic configuration represented a single-engine biplane bracing, which has an additional cabin in the pitching ground.

History of An-6

The first flight of an airplane, atmospheric sounder, which received factory designation "K", occurred at altitudes 6-8 21.03.1948 km of Novosibirsk. In contrast to the basic AN-2, the aircraft was equipped with a cabin with workplace meteorologist who placed at the bottom of the keel. The plane "K" held a series of tests in which it was revealed that the propulsion system does not provide the required climb and needs work. In October 1948, the car made a rough landing due to rupture of the control rod of the power plant was damaged.


In 1950-153 GV OKB began to re-build high-altitude atmospheric sounder. The developers decided to improve the draft "C" with a new engine with a turbocharger TC-19, created SA Treskin. As a result, the car has received an updated power 850 hp and it was able to climb up to 9500 m.

A bit later the plane was called An-23A or AN-6 1951, and in December, the program passed state tests in the Air Force Research Institute.

Serial production of the An-6 held in 1956-1958 years.


09.06.1954 - at the Svyatoshino airfield (Kiev), pilots V.A. Kalinin and V.Baklaykin set a height record for aircraft of this class - 11 248 m.

Antonov An-6

Antonov An test pilots-6

In addition to the sensing of the atmosphere, An-6 used as a transport option in the highlands.

An-6 characteristics:

Modification An-6
Wingspan, m 18.18
Aircraft Length m 12.73
Height, m 4.68
Wing area, m2 43.60
Weight, kg
empty aircraft 3640
maximum take-off 5250
engine's type 1 PD Shvetsova ASH-62IR
Power, hp X 1 1000
Maximum speed km / h 280
Cruising speed, km / h 185
Practical range, km 1600
Practical ceiling, m 10000
Crew 2

Another brilliant development of the Antonov Design Bureau, which it is impossible not to admire. Though flown for a long time, but the experience will last a lifetime.