History: An-24V (Decommissioned in 2005)
The basic version of this aircraft (NATO code “COKE”) is a tactical two-engine, turbo-propelled transport aircraft of the Russian Antonov Company, capable of accommodating 28 to 40 passengers. The advanced An-24V version of the series (No.) II can accommodate 50 passengers.
Despite its relatively high operating cost, the aircraft made its way into the air force inventories of many armed forces thanks to its robustness, performance and capability of taking off with heavy cargoes. Until 1978, there were 1,100 pieces of this type produced. In the An-24RV version, the right engine is equipped with a support APU jet engine. This higher output enabled an increase in take-off weight.
After 38 years of service with the Czechoslovak and Czech Air Force, the second An-24V aircraft was withdrawn from operation at a ceremony held at the 24th Air Transportation Base at Prague - Kbely on 26 October 2005.
The Czech Air Force has operated only two of these aircraft since 1993, when two other such aircraft operated by the Czechoslovak Air Force were handed over to the then newly formed Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic. There were only six aircraft of this type ever in possession of the Czechoslovak Air Force.
Basic Tactical-technical Data
- Tactical flying range with a cargo of 1,612 kg: 3,000 km
- Flying range with a minimum load: 640 km
- High-speed cruise:: 450 km per hour
- Flight ceiling: 8,400 metres
- Maximum take-off weight: 19,800 kg
- Weight of empty aircraft: 14,060 kg
- Payload: 4,612 kg
- Type of ZMDB Progress (Ivčenko) engine: AI-24VT
- Maximum engine thrust: 2 x 1,678 kW
- Passengers: up to 40
- Wingspan: 29.20 metres
- Length: 23.53 metres
- Height: 8.32 metres
- Crew: 5