Up-Close Aircraft Day
Saturday, November 10th
Cold War era Russian Cargo Plane
March Field Air Museum is proud to announce the fourth installment of “Up-Close Aircraft Days”
on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As part of the interpretive new program, a different aircraft is featured each month with the next focused on the Antanov AN-2 Transport. On the second Saturday of each month throughout the year, Museum guests will have the opportunity for a close-up look – sometimes climbing stairs to get a close-up view into the cargo bay or cockpit, other times even climbing aboard.
For the upcoming “Up-Close Aircraft Day” guests will see the "Anushka" ("Annie"), as it is known to Russian pilots. The aircraft was designed just after WW2 to the specifications of the Soviet Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for service as a long-range bush plane. Intended to support forest rangers in remote out-posts and to monitor the vast resources of Siberia, the AN-2 was built exceptionally tough to withstand operations in the rugged conditions of the former Soviet Union. The AN-2 entered production in 1947 and proved to be so capable that they were adapted by the Soviet military as a light, utility transport.
More than 5,000 AN-2s were built in Russia until 1960 when production of the aircraft was transferred to Poland. Production continued there, without any significant changes in the design, until 1992 when the last major contract was completed. An estimated 15,000 were built in Poland in six different variants. These were shipped in quantity to nearly every Eastern European country and every Soviet allied nation during the Cold War. The airplane continues in production under license in the People’s Republic of China.