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07-05-2015 / The AN−178 has performed maiden flight
On May 7, 2015, the AN−178 new transport, created by ANTONOV in cooperation with partners from 15 countries, performed maiden flight.
The first 1 hour duration flight performed a crew of ANTONOV test pilots, composed of: Andrii Spasibo, test pilot of the 1st class – the crew captain, Sergii Troshyn, test pilot of the 1st class, Hero of Ukraine – the 2nd pilot, Mykola Sydorenko, leading test engineer. After landing in Kyiv−Antonov airport (Gostomel) the crew reported on a successful flight task realization to Dmytro Kiva, President – General Designer.
Source: http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/an-178-transport-makes-1h-debut-flight-412082/[...]Antonov confirms 10 transports as being on order from launch customer Silkway Airlines, "as well as a protocol of intent" with the Chinese company Beijing A-Star Airspace and Technology. The Chinese partners have expressed their intention to purchase two An-178s, and to also consider the prospect of Ukrainian construction of a "transporter in China", says the airframer.[...]
Antonov is also designing a low-cost variant of the An-148 with a loading ramp. The An-148T would differ from the passenger An-148 only in the lowered floor and new rear section of the fuselage with a loading ramp. The aircraft retains the An-148’s 29.13m (95.6ft) length and 28.90m (94.8ft) wingspan. The cargo compartment length is 12.67m (41.6ft) without the ramp, width at the floor 2.85m (9.3ft) and height 1.99m (6.5ft). The An-148T will carry a maximum payload of 10,000kg (22,046lb) over 3,000km (1,864 miles) at a maximum speed of 445kts (825km/h).
Well, perhaps Antonov finally have some work to support itself aside from Antonov airlines.3x more 178 for Ukraine AF and a new version (lot of pictures on the manufacturing line) :
Is anybody able to identify all the versions of this Antonov aircraft family shown on the tables (https://static.ukrinform.com/photos/2020_12/thumb_files/630_360_1609242542-4588.jpeg)? Or does a picture of them exist in better resolution?Well, perhaps Antonov finally have some work to support itself aside from Antonov airlines.3x more 178 for Ukraine AF and a new version (lot of pictures on the manufacturing line) :
Still, if some Ukrainian sources to be believed, govt itself will not give money for Antonov. Intead it will guarantee a credit from Ukreximbank which Antonov will use to build the plane.
Considering volatile internal Ukrainian politics and rampant corruption it makes me wonder if it's not an somewhat elaborate scheme to make Antonov bankrupt and force govt to sell it.
The best I could find is this: https://z4h5g2w8.stackpathcdn.com/w...18_2239885589489629_9056407195987716157_o.jpgIs anybody able to identify all the versions of this Antonov aircraft family shown on the tables (https://static.ukrinform.com/photos/2020_12/thumb_files/630_360_1609242542-4588.jpeg)? Or does a picture of them exist in better resolution?
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