Antonov An-24 Transport aircraft

Antonov An-24 Transport aircraft

Antonov An-24 is a 44-seat twin turboprop transport designed and manufactured in the Soviet Union by the Antonov Design Bureau from 1957. First flown in 1959, over 1,000 An-24s were built and 880 are still in service worldwide, mostly in the CIS and Africa, with a total of 297 Antonov An-24 aircraft in airline service, as of May 2010.

Role :Transport aircraft
Manufacturer : Antonov
First flight : 29 October 1959
Introduced : 1962
Status : Active service
Primary users : Aeroflot, Soviet Air Force, PLA Air Force
Produced ; 1959-1979
Number built : 1,367

It was designed to replace veteran piston Ilyushin Il-14 transport on short to medium haul trips, optimised for operating from rough strips and unprepared airports in remote locations.

The high-wing layout protects engines and blades from debris, the power-to-weight ratio is higher than that of many comparable aircraft and the machine is rugged, requiring minimal ground support equipment.

Due to its rugged airframe and good performance, the An-24 was adapted to carry out many secondary missions such as ice reconnaissance and engine/propeller test-bed, as well as further development to produce the An-26 tactical transport, An-30 photo-mapping/survey aircraft and An-32 tactical transport with more powerful engines. Various projects were envisaged such as a four jet short/medium haul airliner and various iterations of powerplant.

Antonov An-24 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3-4
  • Capacity: 52 passengers (AN-24V 50 passengers)
  • Payload: 5,500 kg (12,000 lb)
  • Length: 23.53 m (77 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 29.20 m (95 ft 10 in)
  • Height: 8.32 m (27 ft 4 in)
  • Wing area: 75.0 m² (807 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 13,300 kg (29,300 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 21,000 kg (46,000 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2× Ivchenko AI-24A turboprops, 2,820 ehp (2,100 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 500 km/h (270 knots, 310 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 450 km/h (240 knots, 280 mph)
  • Range:
    • With maximum payload: 750 km (404 nm, 466 mi)
    • With maximum fuel: 2,400 km (1,300 nm, 1,500 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 8,400 m (27,559 ft)
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