Antonov An-22 Antei

The Antonov An-22 “Antei“

About

The An-22 is a heavy transport aircraft designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. It‘s Powered by four turboprop engines each driving a pair of contra-rotating propellers, the design was the first wide-body transport aircraft and remains the world’s largest turboprop-powered aircraft to date. It has a pretty interesting history, too.

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General characteristics

  • Crew: 5–6
  • Capacity: 28–29 pax / 80,000 kg (176,370 lb) maximum payload
  • Length: 57.92 m (190 ft 0 in) approx (dependent on nose config.)
  • Wingspan: 64.4 m (211 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 12.53 m (41 ft 1 in)
  • Wing area: 345 m2 (3,710 sq ft)
  • Airfoil: root: TsAGI S-5-16 ; tip: TsAGI S-5-13
  • Empty weight: 114,000 kg (251,327 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 250,000 kg (551,156 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 43,000 kg (94,799 lb) maximum
  • Powerplant: 4 × Kuznetsov NK-12MA turboprop engines, 11,000 kW (15,000 shp) each (equivalent)
  • Propellers: 8-bladed contra-rotating constant-speed reversible-pitch propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 740 km/h (460 mph, 400 kn)

  • Range: 5,000 km (3,100 mi, 2,700 nmi) with maximum payload

    10,950 km (6,800 mi; 5,910 nmi) with maximum fuel and 45,000 kg (99,208 lb) payload

  • Wing loading: 724.6 kg/m2 (148.4 lb/sq ft) max

  • Power/mass: 0.1789 kW/kg (0.1088 hp/lb) max

  • Take-off run: 1,300 m (4,265 ft)

  • Landing run: 800 m (2,625 ft)

Operators

There were built 68 aircraft but only 4 are still active today.

Russian Air Force (3)
Soviet Air Force
Antonov Airlines (1)
Air Sofia

My opinion

This aircraft is breathtaking ! The sound, its propeller and everything looks unique :)
Now I know many people will have a problem that there are only 4 aircraft operating. I know it would be much cooler if there were more of them but on the other hand you have to understand that this is the reason why the aircraft is very special. We would finally get some eastern aircraft and honestly I would rather find it cool to see a group flight of the An-22 although there is only one in real life :). I really like this aircraft and it deserves a bit more love ! It might take some time until we‘ll see it in IF but waiting until the time has come is worth it ✈️.

For more information:

Wikipedia

Antonov

Bonus video

I would appreciate a comment below and a vote :) !
As always:

See you around !

Basically if something is the biggest in aviation it was probably built by antonov

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Haha that‘s right !

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Look at that thick landing gear. I don’t have votes but this does get my approval :)

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Thanks !
Yeah this gear is really thick but this aircraft definitely needs it due to the heavy weight !
I kinda like it :)

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Biggest turboprop aircraft ;)

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If this ever will be added I‘ll … do a lot of special cargo missions 👀

No runway? No problem!

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