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Antonov An-3 Soviet/Ukrainian Aircraft 1/144 Scale Plastic Model Kit Amodel 1440

Theme: Airplanes

Era : 1980-1999

Scale : 1/144

Material : Plastic

Series: Legendary Aircrafts

Recommended Age Range: 12 Years & Up

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An-3 is a variant of the An-2 cargo-passenger aircraft with a TVD-20 turboprop engine.

The TVD-20 engine was designed by the Omsk Engine Design Bureau. The aircraft was produced in small series by the Omsk production association "Flight" from 2000 to 2009.

Back in the 1950s, the idea arose to install a turboprop engine on the An-2. But in those years there was no suitable engine. In the 1960s, the GTD-10 (TVD-10) engine appeared, developed at the Omsk Design Bureau under the leadership of V. A. Glushenkov, and in 1967 it was decided to use it to modernize the aircraft. In June 1967, the An-3 project was presented with a more powerful TVD-10A engine. But work on the engine was suspended due to a reduction in the number of Omsk Design Bureau.

In 1971, the An-3 project was presented with a TV2-117S engine installed under the cockpit, an increased span wing, a landing gear with a nose strut, an air conditioning system and more productive agricultural equipment. But for a number of reasons, this project was not implemented. Later, the An-3 project was developed with two TVD-850 engines rotating the propeller through a common gearbox. But the engine was never put into production.

In 1974, the MGA gave the green light to the development of the An-2 version with the TVD-10B engine. Soon, the Il-86 required an APU (auxiliary power unit), which was created on the basis of the TVD-10, and work on the TVD-10B aircraft engine was abandoned.

In 1978, work on the engine in Omsk resumed. The new version was designated TVD-20. In 1979, the aircraft project was finalized under the TVD-20. In December, the upgraded An-2 passed the flight test program in the Turkmen SSR. On May 13, 1980, test pilots S. A. Gorbik and P. D. Ignatenko first took the An-3 prototype into the air. In 1981, factory tests began. By 1986, a set of agricultural equipment was developed for the An-3 (a sprayer and a chemical tank with an auto-refueling system).