Light military transport aircraft An-26 carrying capacity 5600 kg created on the basis of the cargo of the An-24T. In contrast to the predecessor, the An-26 has a new tail section with the cargo door closed with a ramp that also serves as a ramp to load equipment. The aircraft have strengthened the wing, in addition to the two TMD AI-24VT power 2820 E. L. S. has installed a jet engine RU19-300 takeoff thrust 900 kgf and new wheels.
The first flight of the An-26 took place on may 21, 1969, the same year the aircraft was launched into serial production at aircraft factory in Kiev.
Built around 1400 cars. In 1991, test pilots, air force research Institute was established on An-26 three world records.
The aircraft is equipped with modern navigation and communication equipment, including sights nkpb-7, designed for the landing and dump up to four bombs caliber up to 500 kg. On the basis of this machine was created about 20 modifications to both military and civilian purposes and flying the laboratory.
Reliable, time-tested, with excellent takeoff and landing characteristics, the aircraft an-26 has earned respect among aviators. It can be found in almost 30 countries around the world, even on the American continent, and in China it is to this day being built under the designation Y-7. Currently, a cargo An-26 by the orders of the airlines converted to a passenger, including VIP options.
Engines—turboprop engine, AI-24VT and TRD RU19-300. Wingspan—29,198 m and its area is 74,98 m2. Length—23,8 m Parking height—8,575 m. Maximum takeoff weight of 230 kg. a normal 24—23 000 kg. empty Weight—16 914 kg. the mass of the airborne load—5600 lbs. Maximum fuel—7080 L. the Maximum speed of 540 km/h, cruising—420 km/h service ceiling—7300 m Maximum range (with navigation fuel capacity 580 kg)-2200 km. Run-up/run—870/770 m Crew—5 people.