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Scenic Flight On The Antonov-2! (EHTE-Teuge)  
User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1846 posts, RR: 42
Posted (3 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7120 times:
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Hi guys, this report is about a short scenic flight I did on the famous Antonov 2. The flight originates and ends at Teuge, a small general aviation airport in the Netherlands.

As a birthday present, for my 21st birthday, my parents booked me a flight on the Antonov 2. Dutch "Classic Wings" had been advertising in the local paper for scenic flights over my hometown, and the adjacent cities and villages. Naturally I was very excited! In my ongoing quest to fly on as many classic aircraft as affordable, the Antonov 2 would make a great addition! It would be cool to see my hometown from the air (though not the first time) but my main reason would be to enjoy the classic plane.

On the 7th of August, just a day after I returned from my Istanbul trip, me and my dad drove the 40KM to EHTE. Upon getting there the weather was grey, but stable. I think the overcast was at 3000FT, no problem as we wouldn't even get close to that altitude. I had never been to Teuge before, but it proved to be a busy little airport. It's located in the middle of the Dutch country side, and has an asphalt runway, and multiple small aero-clubs and companies. I even spotted an Eclipse 500 jet! There's also an Ilyushin 18 there, that has been converted to a luxury hotel.

After giving my letter of reservation to a classic wings representative, we had some coffee at the airport restaurant, waiting until 11AM, the time my flight would leave. The plane was parked about 50M from the terrace, and she was just doing a runup and taxied to a parking stand in front of the terrace. She's painted in a classic Lufthansa livery, with a fake East-German registration "DM-SKL" The actual registration is D-FONL

The D-FONL starting without hesitation
http://a.imageshack.us/img80/2622/dscf7502i.jpg

Parked near the terrace
http://a.imageshack.us/img706/7809/dscf7504.jpg



The PH-JMP, for parachute-drop flights
http://a.imageshack.us/img838/5784/dscf7507m.jpg

Technical specs


After everyone was accounted for, we walked to the airplane. There was a man in a wheelchair that had to be lifted on board which took some time, I used to take some pictures.

The massive ASh-62 Engine
http://a.imageshack.us/img225/2875/dscf7514.jpg

Wings are spanned with fabric
http://a.imageshack.us/img137/9784/dscf7515.jpg


Tail section
http://a.imageshack.us/img155/9243/dscf7518.jpg

A little something about the Antonov-2. As an incredibly successful transporter, over 18.000 have been built. It said that they are still available in China and Vietnam. It’s powered by a huge Shvetsov ASh-62, 9 cilinder radial engine. It might look small from a distance but she’s a huge plane. It is inn fact the largest, single engine prop ever built. The AN-2 will ship anything that fits trough the door. It has no defined stall speed, but it’s said to be around an incredibly low, 30knots! That’s about 55KM/H. I rode my mountain-bike faster then that! This example is built in ’57, and I think it’s built in the Antonov factory in Kiev. However if anyone can confirm/correct this please let me know. (CN/178(473)02) It was built as a cargo plane (hence the “T” for “Trahnsportno” behind the designation) and later converted for passenger use. It holds 9 pax.

After climbing the ladder, I made my way to my seat. It was a 3 row 1-2 seating, and I was in row 2. A seat facing the rear of the plane. The other passengers consisted of people from my hometown area, and were there for the good views. One lucky guy even got to sit in the cockpit’s right seat!

View;
http://a.imageshack.us/img826/3089/dscf7519o.jpg

EHTE-EHTE
VFR / 07AUG10 operated by Classic Wings
D-FONL (DM-SKL)
Antonov 2T (Built ’57)


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Photo © Joost de Wit



The mighty ASh-62 started without any troubles, and I was a little bit disappointed by the noise in the cabin. It was definitely there but not at all very loud. The startup was followed by the smell of avgas in the cabin. Upon taxiing to the runway there was a constant hissing sound of the pneumatic gear brakes, used for steering.

DHC-1 taking off
http://a.imageshack.us/img294/8530/dscf7522k.jpg

We stopped next to a Cessna at the threshold for the runway to do the runup checks. The Cessna was dwarfed by the huge Antonov! After the runup we were ready for departure.

Video;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elSuaNz7-_w

The plane took to the skies in no time, and we gently climbed to 1000ft. The engine noise still wasn’t as much as I had hoped, but it was definitely there. And of course the necessary vibrations caused by the enormous propeller up front. Just a few minutes into flight, the DHC-1 Chipmunk I saw taking off earlier joined us, and flew parallel to us. Very cool sight!

http://a.imageshack.us/img829/1645/dscf7528.jpg

http://a.imageshack.us/img138/4723/dscf7529.jpg

Of course we were allowed to have a look in the cockpit, I loved seeing the big prop trough the windows. The noise was better here. I could hardly understand any of the instrument, as they were all Russian.

http://a.imageshack.us/img137/3332/dscf7530l.jpg

Throttles
http://a.imageshack.us/img801/7221/dscf7532e.jpg

The unmistakable fan in the cockpit, I think every Antonov has one of these.
http://a.imageshack.us/img841/2844/dscf7533.jpg

View over the wing
http://a.imageshack.us/img842/6057/dscf7537.jpg

http://a.imageshack.us/img96/4415/dscf7541.jpg

The gasper
http://a.imageshack.us/img205/9840/dscf7540.jpg

Anyone living near Amersfoort will recognize the Henschotermeer!
http://a.imageshack.us/img255/1109/dscf7544.jpg

Unfortunately I was seated on the wrong side of the plane to see my hometown. However my mother could see me flying over our house. The other people from my town had a busy time looking out the window, so I decided not to bother them. It wouldn’t be my last flight over our house 

After a while it was time for another cockpit visit. The entrance


Old LH propaganda, I think that’s the original Junkers 52 type on there!
http://a.imageshack.us/img521/9558/dscf7548.jpg

http://a.imageshack.us/img830/9429/dscf7551.jpg

Overhead “compartments”
http://a.imageshack.us/img375/1452/dscf7552.jpg

The cabin
http://a.imageshack.us/img830/7358/dscf7553i.jpg

Army base
http://a.imageshack.us/img715/9995/dscf7555l.jpg

On a nearby tank-training field, I could see a lot of tracks from the Leopard tanks. At one point they had made a perfect circle with a Y in it, the peace sign. Military humor 

Legroom
http://a.imageshack.us/img836/5287/dscf7556.jpg
Another view of the wing


After about 40 minutes, we started to accelerate and descend. Looking over my shoulder I could see the airport.
http://a.imageshack.us/img841/4271/dscf7558b.jpg

Landing video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=786Qc5bc0ls

After a slight bumpy landing, we rolled off the runway and into the grass, stopping at the parking spot in front of the terrace. Again accompanied by the hissing sound of the brakes. I got out of the plane, and as the new passengers were being boarded, we were allowed to do a walkaround for some extra pictures! All passengers were handed a customized “remove before flight” keychain with an embroidered image of the AN-2 on it. Very cool!



The engine and the plane are seriously huge!


There were a lot of oil remains on the lower part of the nacelle, unfortunately it’s not very good visible in the picture
http://a.imageshack.us/img80/5905/dscf7564x.jpg

I think she looks best from this angle, notice the enormous exhaust pipe


After all the people got on she was off for a second round and I filmed the take-off, but youtube isn’t agreeing with my putting it online for some reason. After we got in the car we saw her fly over the highway, and I spotted her 2 more times over my house that afternoon. Busy day for the old lady!

Conclusions;

Whether you think the An-2 is pretty or not, you have to admit it’s an impressive plane. The huge engine and the old fashioned interior make for another great classic experience! As always the combination of the sound, vibrations, and –maybe most importantly- the smell, add to that! I’m happy to have finally logged a Soviet plane, and another classic. I’d definitely recommend it to any anetters with a passion for classics!

I hope you liked the report, and as usual, any replies are appreciated!

Best regards,
Martijn


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User currently offlineQatarA340 From Qatar, joined May 2006, 1808 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6899 times:

OMG! Amazing experience! I must admit I dont have the guts to ride one of those old beauties. Was there any PTVs in the seatbacks? LOL j/k!

Did you experience any Turbulence at all? Was it pressurized and was there airconditioning?

Thanks for sharing your experience and Happy Birthday!

Qatar A340



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6606 times:

Hi Martijn,

Great stuff, something definitely out of the ordinary! Looks like a very special flight around your familiar surroundings. Glad to see such an old plane still in (good) flying condition. Great low-level photos as well.

Do you know how much the ride cost?

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
Old LH propaganda, I think that’s the original Junkers 52 type on there!

Ahh yeah, the single engined predecessor of the famous "Tante Ju". Must've been pretty underpowered, I reckon!


User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1221 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6273 times:

what an interesting trip - thanks for your report and your pics are great. i did a DC-3 flight out of Coventry a few years ago and it was very special being able to do a short flight on such an old aircraft.


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User currently onlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 454 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6217 times:
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Nice trip report Martijn!

Henschotermeer sure looks nice if the temperature is right.
I don't understand what that Lufthansa propaganda means.
My German skills arn't what they are used to be.
Looks like a nice area for mountainbiking though!
next oldie: The Douglas DC-2 haha.


Regards,
Niek



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User currently offlineBZNPilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2006, 262 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6182 times:

Hi Martijn,

Great report, thanks for sharing this unique experience. I didn't realize how big the AN-2 really is. In the photos showing a person standing next to the aircraft (the 2nd to last photo, for example), you can really get a sense of what a large aircraft it is, especially for a single-engine prop! Great photos into the cockpit, too. Shame you didn't get to sit next to the pilot, though.

Best regards,
BZNPilot (John)


User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26854 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6099 times:

Nice report and very unique .

Thanks for sharing

OA260


User currently offlineCamiloA380 From Sweden, joined Feb 2008, 486 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6021 times:

Thanks for sharing your amazing experience Martijn! With some really interesting pics! And btw, although its a bit too late...Happy Birthday!  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
I think every Antonov has one of these.

It feels like every single aircraft made in russia have one. 

Camilo   



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1846 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5976 times:
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Hi guys!

Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 1):
Did you experience any Turbulence at all? Was it pressurized and was there airconditioning?

Not at all, though I can imagine it can get quite bumpy somtimes. The picture of the gasper (individual air vent) is the only for of airco AFAIK. I think its just ram-air from outside that gets blown into the cabin.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
Do you know how much the ride cost?

I think about 125 euros.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 2):
Ahh yeah, the single engined predecessor of the famous "Tante Ju". Must've been pretty underpowered, I reckon!

Yes I hear that haha, talk about design flaws if you have to add 2 engines!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 3):
i did a DC-3 flight out of Coventry a few years ago and it was very special being able to do a short flight on such an old aircraft.

I know all about those, indeed a great experience.

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 4):
Henschotermeer sure looks nice if the temperature is right.

Yes its pretty nice there.

Quoting photoshooter (Reply 4):
Looks like a nice area for mountainbiking though!

Definitely, I've been doing mountainbiking there for years!

Quoting BZNPilot (Reply 5):
Great report, thanks for sharing this unique experience.
Quoting oa260 (Reply 6):
Nice report and very unique .

Thanks, glad you liked it.

Quoting CamiloA380 (Reply 7):

It feels like every single aircraft made in russia have one

I think so, up to the AN-225!

Martijn



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5971 times:

Hi Martijn,

Now, that's what I call a birthday present. You are blessed with your father!

Many thanks for sharing this special occasion with us.

Cheers,
Suryo



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User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 495 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5936 times:

Hi Martijn,

Nice to read about your Antonov experience. Great report about this short ride.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
The actual registration is D-FONL

I'm glad to say that I've beat you on this reg!

Tim,


User currently offlineODAFZ From Afghanistan, joined Jul 2004, 356 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5881 times:

An original report and quite interesting. Was the chair comfortable : leather or fabric covered.
I hope you are going to have such exceptional flying experience in your life


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5740 times:

Hi Martijn,

very interesting report about a special flight!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
As a birthday present, for my 21st birthday, my parents booked me a flight on the Antonov 2.

That's what I call a nice present!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
It would be cool to see my hometown from the air (though not the first time) but my main reason would be to enjoy the classic plane.

I would enjoy seeing my home area from the air, too.


PH



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1846 posts, RR: 42
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5590 times:
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Hey all, thanks for the replies

Quoting akhmad (Reply 9):
Many thanks for sharing this special occasion with us.

My pleasure, glad you liked it.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 10):
I'm glad to say that I've beat you on this reg!

It´s a never ending contest!

Quoting ODAFZ (Reply 11):
Was the chair comfortable : leather or fabric covered.

It was a leather chair, it was alright but nothing compared to modern airline seats. it didn´t have a headrest for example.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 12):
That's what I call a nice present!


It sure was!

Martijn



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User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1397 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5564 times:

Hi Martijn,

Thanks a lot for sharing this interesting TR, i've swum a few times in Henschotermeer!

I've seen the plane fly over a few times (I at least assume it's that one as there aren't a lot of other ones here in the surroundings :P)!

Definitely nice!



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From France, joined Sep 2003, 5138 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5180 times:

Hey, Martijn,

great story and pictures.
I like these special flights on special planes, you know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5144 times:

Well done, great report.

Interesting experience on an AN 2.

Good to see these sort of reports from time to time.

Compared the a Dragon Rapide I've flown on, that thing looks like a real beast.



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1846 posts, RR: 42
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5069 times:
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Hey guys,

Quoting Severnaya (Reply 14):

Thanks a lot for sharing this interesting TR, i've swum a few times in Henschotermeer!

Oh no kidding! Do you live in the area?

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
I like these special flights on special planes, you know.

That makes two of us!

Quoting Ryan h (Reply 16):
Compared the a Dragon Rapide I've flown on, that thing looks like a real beast.

I was lucky enough to fly on one of those too. A whole different animal but a very nice plane as well.

Martijn



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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5049 times:

Hi Martijn,

Great report and lots of fantastic pictures of your An-2 flight - a really special plane. I have also flown the An-2 (between the Isle of Sylt and the Isle of Föhr) and it was also impressive - especially the low cruising speed.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
As a birthday present, for my 21st birthday, my parents booked me a flight on the Antonov 2.

Great present!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Thread starter):
Just a few minutes into flight, the DHC-1 Chipmunk I saw taking off earlier joined us, and flew parallel to us. Very cool sight!

Really impressive!

Regards
Christoph


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