4 Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Posted on November 28, 2011 by


This time we’re going to tell you about the workhorse of the Russian aviation, the Antonov An-26B. Here you’ll find detailed photos of the aircraft, its characteristics, and more!

In the picture: the An-26B.

The Antonov An-26 (NATO reporting name: Curl) is a twin-engined turboprop military transport aircraft, designed and produced in the USSR from 12 March 1968. The Antonov OKB adapted the ramp design of the An-40 to the An-24 fuselage, thus was born the An-26.

A joint of the loose piece of wing and its middle part. The wing consists of 23 wing ribs, skin and stringers.

The thickness of the wing skin differes in different part of the wing. Wing leading edges are heated. In trailing edge assemblies, there are wing flap control shafts and aileron clutch rods.

PRF-4 lights, installed in the left and the right half-wings.

‘Neutral gas faucet’, ‘Attention! To take off the fairing, take off these bolts’, ‘Booster pump’.

The neutral gas system is intended for filling fuel tanks with CO2 to prevent an explosion.

Its fuselage is divided into four sections. The majority if its elements are made of duralumin sheets D16T and aluminium alloy. In the fuselage, there are a cockpit and a cargo bay.

The cockpit canopy is glazed with 10-12 mm glass. The triplex glass in front of each pilot is heated .

The canopy has two ventilator windows: on the left and on the right.

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4 Responses to “Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B”

  1. Zonda says:

    @ Admin – Please move in “Oldies but goldies” thread. Tnx!

  2. Mummeli says:

    Eh.. Lost of details sure, but it’s characteristics..? Where’s the MTOW? Cruising altitude? Range? etc..

  3. Ian says:

    When I was a little kid I fell in love with the Fokker Freindships Air New Zealand used to fly. The An24/26 is really just the Soviet equivalent.

  4. Tillerman says:

    I have seen that APU on similar A/C during start up. Man, that thing shot flames of about two to three metres!

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