Antonov To Resume Production Of An-74 “Cheburashka” Cargo Plane?
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The production of the Antonov-74 transport aircraft could resume in order to supply Ukraine's armed forces, the country's government announced on January 16, 2021.
The Antonov An-74 made its first flight in 1979. It initially had the designation An-72A "Arctic", as it was an upgrade of the An-72 test aircraft for use in the Arctic and Antarctica regions, thanks to the addition of reinforced landing gears. It is capable of flying 4,600 km at a speed of 560 km per hour.
The aircraft is built around the so-called Coandā effect by mounting the turbofans on the top of the wings to provide high-speed air even at low flying speeds. Boeing's experimental YC-14 used the same principle.
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