Saturday, March 03, 2007


Steve's Video Of The Day: The "Red Baron"!

I have "Posted" before about the "robustness" of this following aircraft in; Steve's Video Of The Day: Antonov AN-2 "Colt" In Action!, and Steve's Video Of The Day: "Escape" from the "Iron Curtain"!. She is a "beauty", and this particular aircraft is called the "Red Baron". Check out her "lines" and her "throaty purr"!

VIDEO - The "Red Baron"!

----ANTONOV AN-2 Facts, Dates, and History!!!!!----

Antonov 2
The Antonov An-2 (Russian nickname: kukuruznik; NATO code name: Colt) is an extremely durable, light, single-engine biplane which first flew in 1947. It is used as a light transport capable of carrying 14 passengers, and for parachute drops and agricultural work. Its extraordinary slow-flight capabilities make it supremely suited for short, unimproved fields, and some specialized variants have also been built for cold weather and other extreme environments.

It is, in fact, probably the largest single-engine biplane ever produced, especially in such great numbers: over 5,000 had been built by 1960, in the USSR. Since 1960, most An-2s have been built at Poland's PZL factory in Mielec, with over 12,000 made there before production ended in 1992. The An-2 is also built under license in China as the Shijiazhuang Y-5.

An interesting note from the pilot's handbook reads: "If the engine quits in instrument conditions (blind flying when you can't see the ground) or at night, the pilot should pull the control column full aft (it won't stall) and keep the wings level. The leading-edge slats will snap out at about 40 mph (64 km/h), and when the airplane slows to a forward speed of about 25 mph [40 km/h], the airplane will sink at about a parachute descent rate until the aircraft hits the ground."

-from Wikipedia

"Engine quits, pull back"! What a machine!


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