Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

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.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: 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.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

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

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

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.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

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

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

‘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.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

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.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

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

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

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

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The fuselage skin is made of 0.8-1.8 duralumin sheets.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The fuselage has 9 windows with a diameter of 310 mm. The radioman’s window is smaller – 340 mm.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Each window is made of two glasses: a 4 mm outer glass and a 3 mm inner glass. The space between them is sealed with a rubber packing.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

One window of the four on each side of the cargo bay is a part of the escape hatch.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The hatch cover opens inside and consists of a cup and a shell. The hatch cover lock can be opened both from the inside and from the outside of the fuselage.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The empennage is cantilever, single-fin and metal.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The factory number of the aircraft.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The dihedral angle of the horizontal tail is +9 degrees.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The fin-tip fairing consists of glass cloth skin and diaphragms. It has shutters on its sides which vent the air heating the fin tip.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The cargo hatch has an opening of 3300 mm long and 2340 mm wide.

The skin of the lower part of the fuselage is made of bimetal sheets consisted of inner duralumin and thin outer titanium layers. This kind of sheets is less damage-prone.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Signal rockets electrified cassettes EKSR-46. There are two of them on the plane. Each cassette has four cartridges: white, red, green and yellow. The shooting can be made in series of shots or in single shots.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The plane is equipped with two turboprop engines AI-24VT and the turbojet engine RU-19A-300. In the picture: the left engine installation.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The spinner is intended for lessening the resistance of the propeller.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The propeller AV-72. Its diameter is 3.9 m.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

‘Propeller # ST7L 493’.

It has an electrical heating.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Propeller blades.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The hot part of the engine is blown round with the air which gets into this air inlet.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Air getting into this air inlet, cools off the starter-generator and alternating current generator.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

‘Oil outlet’.

The bigger shutters let the air from the aero-air radiator out; smaller ones let the air from the cooling turbines out.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The exhaust system.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The engine Ru19А-300.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The Ru19А-300 ejector.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

The exhaust system of the right engine.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Some characteristics. Hand written.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Wheels КТ157 with disk hydraulic brakes.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

A lock of the cowl panel.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

‘Open and close tail and gondola smoothly to prevent damage’.

Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B

Location: Norislk

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4 thoughts on “Workhorse of Russian Aviation: An-26B”

  1. 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.

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