Antonov An-2

Designed originally for agricultural duties under the designation Skh–1, the AnĀ­2 utility transport flew for the first time in 1947, and it has been manufactured in extremely large numbers for both military and civilian roles. Of robust construction and suitable for operation from short, semi-prepared strips, the An–2 is employed extensively by the Soviet Air Force as a light freighter, a paratrooper training aircraft, and as a radio and navigational trainer. As a freighter, the An–2 will carry a 3,000 lb. load, and as a personnel transport up to fourteen seats may be installed.

"Natasha," the 1941 Aircraft Group's An–2, was built in 1987 and acquired from Columbia, Missouri, in 1998. Restoration was accomplished over the Winter of 1999-2000 and "Natasha" took her maiden flight on May 11, 2000. Restoration has recently begun on Natasha's partner, "Boris," a second An–2.

 

Manufacturer:

Antonov


Powerplant:

Shvetsov ASh 621 Radial - 1000 hp


Maximum Speed:

161 mph


Weight Empty:

7,275 lbs.


Service Ceiling:

16,400 ft.


Range:

559 miles