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The Antonov An-30 is another member of the An-24 family. It was designed
as an aerial survey and photographic airplane, employed e.g. for
map-making. The aircraft flew for the first time in 1973. Some An-30
are also known to have been employed on ecological survey missions.
Various cameras and sensors are integrated into the fuselage, and
some of the airplanes reportedly even feature their own darkrooms.
To make more room for the equipment, An-30 features a raised cockpit
on the forward fuselage. As the An-30 is a highly specialized aircraft
type, it has only been built in small numbers. The first An-30 reached
otopeni air base on december 1976, in the same month it performed
the first flight with romanian pilots and the first photo mission
was performed in July 1977. For the time being Romanian Air Force
uses the aircraft for geodetic surveys and "Open Skies"
missions, performing the first international flight in November
1990 in Hungary. In July 1995, a romanian An-30 was deployed for
the first allied military operation in Hungary.
Powerplant: two Ivchenko turboprop engines AI-24.
- Length: 24,8m;
- Height: 8,32m;
- Wingspan: 29,2m.
- Maximum takeoff weight: 23000kg.
- Maximum sped at ground level: 540km/h;
- Cruising speed: 450km/h;
- Ceiling: 8000m.
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