Antonov An-22 Antei

  • CountryUkraine
  • TypeLarge capacity turboprop freighter
  • PowerplantsFour 11,185kW (15,000shp) Kuznetsov (now Kuibyshev) NK12MA turboprops driving eight blade counter rotating propellers.
  • PerformanceMax level speed 740km/h (400kt). Range with max fuel and 45 tonne (99,200lb) payload 10,950km (5905nm), range with max payload 5000km (2692nm).
  • WeightsTypical empty equipped 114,000kg (251,325lb), max takeoff 250,000kg (551,160lb).
  • DimentionsWing span 64.49m (211ft 4in), length 57.92m (190ft 0in), height 12.53m (41ft 1in). Wing area 345m2 (3713.0sq ft).
  • CapacityFlightcrew of up to six, comprising two pilots, navigator, flight engineer and a communications specialist. Up to 29 passengers can be accommodated on the upper deck behind the cockpit. The unpressurised main cabin can house a range of oversize payloads such as main battle tanks. Total An-22 payload is 80,000kg (176,350lb).
  • ProductionApproximately 70 have been built, of which approximately 50 have been operated in Aeroflot colours. A few dozen remain in commercial and military service.

The enormous A 22 Antei (Antheus) is the biggest turboprop controlled air ship yet assembled - it has a most extreme takeoff weight like that of the Airbus A340-300 - and was planned in light of a generally military Soviet necessity for a vital heavylift tanker.

The A 22 (NATO reporting name `cock') made its first flight on February 27 1965 - around then it was agreeably the biggest airplane on the planet. Creation of the A 22 for the Soviet aviation based armed forces and Aeroflot proceeded through the 1960s until 1974.

The A 22 set 14 payload to tallness records in 1967, the apex of which was the carriage of 100 tons (220,500lb) of metal pieces to a height of 25,748ft (7848m). It likewise settled the record for a most extreme payload lifted to a stature of 2000m (6562ft), convey a payload of 104,444kg (221,443lb). Various class pace records were likewise set in 1972, including a rate of 608.5km/h (328kt) around a 1000km (540nm) circuit with a 50,000kg (110,250lb) payload. Further speed with payload records were created in 1974 and 1975.

And operations into the immature districts of Russia's northeast, Siberia and Far East, Aeroflot A 22s were ordinarily utilized for military transport, their `civilian' status permitting much more liberated access to arriving and overflight rights.

Remarkable peculiarities of the A 22 incorporate the Nk12 turboprops - which additionally control the Tupolev Tu-95/Tu-142 Bear group of aerial attackers and oceanic watch airplane and are the most influential turboprop motors in administration - exhaustive route and accuracy drop aeronautics, and gigantic undercarriage and tailplane.

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