The Avionics Club would like to offer you an unforgettable experience with the largest single engine biplane ever made on the planet. The AN-2 machine originated in the design office of Oleg Antonov in Russia. The first prototype flew on 31 August 1947. This massive machine is equipped with a radial, nine-cylinder, supercharged, two-stage compressor with a continuous output of 1000 HP. It was originally developed as an agricultural aircraft, but its capabilities made it useful in various fields of activities, in transport, the army and paratroop operations (it is still used as a jump plane in many aero clubs today). Its advantages include a short takeoff (170 meters) and the ability to operate from unpaved surfaces. This aircraft was mass-produced in Kiev, licensed in Poland and even in China until 2001. The Guinness Book of World Records describes the Antonov AN-2’s production time as the longest for a single aircraft of one type in an unaltered form. But Guinness forgot to mention the incredible durability, reliability and safety of this, the largest biplane. It was also exported to Czechoslovakia, where it was used in both the civilian and military sectors. Here it is known by its nickname “Andula”.
- Crew: one pilot and one on-board engineer (or two pilots)
- Capacity: 6 passengers
- Length: 12.74 m
- Wing-span: 18.2 m
- Height: 6.1 m
- Wing area: 71.52 m²
- Empty weight: 3,300 kg
- Max. takeoff weight: 5,500 kg
- Engine: Švecov AŠ-62IR, radial, air-cooled, nine-cylinder with a displacement of 30,000 cc., supercharged, two-stage compressor with a constant output of 1000 HP.
- Max. speed: 258 km/h
- Cruising speed: 185 km/h
- Min. speed (with extended front slats): 48 km/h
- Range: 1000 km
- Ceiling: 4,500 m (14,750 ft)
- Climb rate: 3.5 m/s (700 ft/min)