Antonov An-26
Antonov An-26. A photo. Video. Driving compartment. Characteristics. Reviews.

Antonov An-26. A photo. Video. Interior layout. Characteristics. Reviews.


The Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop was originally developed as a military transport aircraft, redesignated for the transportation and landing of military personnel and cargo. An-26, was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau, on the basis of the An-24 passenger aircraft, and, in fact, is its modernization. The An-26 flight is designed for short and medium distances. The aircraft's ferry range is more than two thousand kilometers.

The structure of the An-26 aircraft consists of an all-metal fuselage with a high-mounted, reinforced wing and a single-fin vertical tail. The rear of the fuselage is equipped with a cargo hatch, 2,40 meters wide, with a folding ramp specially designed for the An-26. Under the wings of the An-26 aircraft, two AI-24VT turboprop engines with a left-hand rotation propeller and an automatically variable pitch, AV-72, are installed on gondolas. An auxiliary turbojet RU-19A-300 is also installed on the right engine nacelle.

This reactive power setting is used to start the main engines onboard AI-24VT, as well as to provide additional traction when climbing during takeoff or failure of one of the main engines. The engine nacelles also established basic, two-wheeled, retractable landing gear.

An 26 photos

Antonov An-26 34


The decision on the development of the An-26 12 aircraft was made in March 1968 years.

Assembling the first test model was completed in December 20 1968 years.

His first flight of An-26 was made by 21 in May of 1969, under the command of pilot Y. Ketov. Then the program of state tests of the aircraft began. Since the plane was planned to be used for landing purposes, special attention was paid to the opening of the cargo hatch in flight. Also, the aircraft was tested at high altitude. 

The first serial An-26 was produced at the Kiev aircraft building plant on August 29, 1962. Mass production of aircraft began in 1970, after the end of all official state tests. And on May 26, 1975, An-26, was adopted by the USSR Ministry of Defense.

An 26 cabin

Antonov An-26 3434


An aircraft-26 Production continued until 1986 years.

On July 12, 1999, the re-equipment of the An-26 aircraft and the An-26B civilian transport aircraft began, into aircraft for passenger transportation, in order to replace the outdated An-24. The modernized passenger aircraft versions were designated An-26-100 and An-26B-100. These aircraft are equipped with four additional windows on each side. These machines are equipped with passenger seats manufactured by the Ulyanovsk Joint Stock Company "Aviastar". These aircrafts are equipped with refrigeration equipment, as well as optionally video equipment or other household appliances. Today, two versions of the An-26B-100 aircraft are used. The first option is designed to carry 31 passengers, the second option is equipped with 43 passenger seats. An-26-100 aircraft usually has 43 passenger seats.

In 1992, in China at the Xi'an aircraft factory, the civilian version of the Y-7H500 aircraft was produced. This model is made from the earlier Xian Y-7H transport aircraft, which in turn is a copy of the Soviet An-26 aircraft.

Antonov An-26 was produced in the following versions:

  • An-26B - civil version for container traffic

  • An-26BRL - aircraft designed to conduct ice reconnaissance

  • An-26P - version designed for fire services

  • An-26 «Sphere" - version with installed equipment for the study of atmospheric conditions

  • An-26SH - aircraft variant for the preparation and training navigators.

  • An-26M - Medical version of the aircraft

  • An-26-100 - civilian aircraft for passenger traffic.

  • An-26B "Cyclone" - this version of the aircraft carries equipment to disperse the storm clouds.

  • An-26PTP - option ELINT

  • In addition to these modifications, designed and other variants of the AN-26.


An interior-26 scheme

Antonov An-26 place


Total production was released about 1400-26 An aircraft. In today's time the passenger version of the aircraft, the An-26-100, as well as several other modified An-26 continue to be used on the lines of air transport.


Technical characteristics of the AN-26-100



Antonov An-26. Gallery.

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An-26 photo SideAn-26 plane prepares for takeoffAn on-26 runway

photo An up-26krupnymAn-26 in the mountainsphoto An-26, view from below



  • First flight: May 21 1969 years

  • Years of mass production: c 1969 1986, at the city

  • Length: 23,80 m.

  • Height: 8,58 m.

  • Empty weight: 15020 kg.

  • Wing area: 74,98 sqm

  • Wingspan: 29,20 m.

  • Cruising speed: 440 km / h..

  • Maximum speed: 540 km / h..

  • Stall speed: 260-280 km / h

  • Ceiling: 7500 m.

  • Aircraft range: 1100 km.

  • Range: 2600 km.

  • Length of takeoff: 870 m.

  • Path length: 650 m.

  • Carrying capacity: 5550 kg.

  • Engines: 2 turboprop engines AI-24VT

  • Crew: 5 people

  • Number of passenger seats: 35-43 seats

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From 1985 to 2000, I was lucky to work in Chukotka as a shift supervisor at ATB. The main materiel is An-24 and An-26B. Great cars. Reliable, easy to operate. I will probably note one drawback - this is, of course, the manufacturability of the middle of the last century - not all components and assemblies are easily accessible for maintenance, not to mention replacement. And all the same, only positive memories remained about these machines. Hearing the familiar "voice" of AI-24 in the sky, you involuntarily raise your head in order to see the familiar swallow with your gaze. I consider the An-26 one of the best aircraft of the Soviet era. I loved, I love and I will love!

Super aircraft - AN-26. I had to work with this machine for many years. This aircraft is very reliable and hardy. With regard to the range and load it all perfectly acceptable. My opinion will never change and I think that this aircraft is the An-26 can not be replaced by another.

An-26 for me is a reliable aircraft. Personally, I flew on this plane 20 years as commander. In all that time I never once did not know that such a malfunction. For me, the An-26 super car, and if I had to fly on a plane right now, I'd love to chose Ahn-26.

I think An-26 reliable and proven over many years of flying. In Kostroma, the aircraft is operated with 2006 years, both as cargo and passenger options. And on this side and on the other side of the aircraft it has proven itself just fine, so the bad reviews about the plane, probably not, but if there is, then personally from myself I will say that I do not support them.

He flew from Kostroma to St. Petersburg, comfortable, everything is fine. Many are left meaningless responses, did not really understand. True tickets for it I got to work.

An-26 is not a trough, as some claim. This is the most reliable domestic turboprop aircraft. But the most important thing is that this flying machine, every passenger feels just comfort. Personally, I flew AN-26 few times in summer and winter. I have only good impressions so bad I can not say anything.


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