so many Ants
19th European Antonov An-2 Meeting in Mielec
I simply love Antonov An-2, so I couldn’t miss such event as European An-2 Meeting – World’s cradle of An-2’s , which took place in Mielec – just 150 klicks form my home. It wasn’t planned as sort of regular airshow widely opened for public, so I went there in haphazard way, but thanks to the hospitality and kindness of people form EPML Spotters (Mielec Spotters Group) I get the “last minute” spotter pass. As I wrote, meeting was in Mielec, where in aviation works PZL Mielec over 11 thousands An-2’s have been build in years 1960-2002. Antonov AN-2 “Antek” was one of most mass produced aircrafts , with total number of more than 18000 is on the 12th place of all airplanes and 5th when planes built during wars are excluded.
10 An-2’s participated in meeting:
1. UR-EXB – Ukraine – a new type – An-2 100 with Motor Sich MS-14 turboprop engine
2. SP-WOU – Poland
3. SP-WWL – Poland
4. OK-GIB – Czech Republic
5. D-FUKM – Germany
6. LY-APG – Lithuania
7. D-FWJK – Germany
8. OK-XIG – Czech Republic
9. D-FOJB – Germany
10. LY-ABK – Lithuania
– number seems to be small, but anyway its quite unique to see such number of flyable Antonovs in one place and one time.
It was very hot and sultry day, all An-2’s took place on the beginning of runway, they were led by PZL M28 Skytruck modern aircraft, currently produced by PZL Mielec after takeoff they flew a few rounds over Mielec city.
The landing was also a precision landing competition, but it was too far to judge and I have no idea which crew won.
Yet another pictures in gallery, enjoy: