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Antonov An-24 (Coke) - Soviet Union, 1962

Detailing the development and operational history of the Antonov An-24 (Coke) Military Transport Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 8/29/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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The An-24 Coke was yet another in the long line of Antonov transport aricraft utilized by the Soviet Air Force.

The An-24 "Coke" was yet another in the long line of military transport aircraft produced during the Cold War by the Antonov bureau. The An-24 differed from earlier Antonov products in that it was designed and built to stricter requirements centered around battlefield conditions, in particular, operations from makeshift runways. Besides being utilized as a military transport, the system could be found in various other roles including humanitarian assistance, general cargo transport and as a VIP passenger transport (up to 52 passengers can be carried in this role).

The An-24 is a twin-engine, turboprop-powered, medium-class type transport. The twin Progress engines, like its other Soviet transport counterparts, are mounted on high-wing monoplane wings and a single rudder fin is fit to the empennage. The system is crewed by a minimum of two personnel and the aircraft reportedly can reach out to nearly 400 miles of operational service. China produces their own version of the An-24 as the Xian Y-7 and several still serve in transport functions with former Eastern Bloc nations. The An-24RT variant became the basis for a developmentally improved design in the An-26 "Curl".

Antonov An-24T (Coke) Specifications

Service Year: 1962
Type: Military Transport Aircraft
National Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer(s): Antonov - Soviet Union
Total Production: 1,367

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 3
Overall Length: 77.20 feet (23.53 meters)
Overall Width: 95.80 feet (29.20 meters)
Overall Height: 27.30 feet (8.32 meters)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 2 x ZMBD Progress (Ivchenko) AI-24A turboprop engines generating 2,250eshp each.

Maximum Speed: 243 knots (280 mph; 450 kph)
Maximum Range: 346 nautical miles (398 miles; 640 km)
Service Ceiling: 27,559 feet (8,400 meters; 5.22 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators (Customers, Users)

Afghanistan; Algeria; Angola; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus; Bulgaria; Cambodia; China; Republic of the Congo; Cuba; Czech Republic; Czechoslovakia; East Germany; Egypt; Georgia; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Hungary; Iran; Iraq; Kazakhstan; Laos; Mali; Mongolia; North Korea; North Vietnam; Poland; Romania; Russia; Slovakia; Somalia; Sudan; Syria; Ukraine; Soviet Union; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; Yemen

Model Variants

An-24 - Initial Production Model Designation; seating for up to 44 passengers.
An-24B - Cargo Transport
An-24T - Cargo Transport
An-24P - Fire-Fighting Variant
An-24V - Fitted with 2 x Ivchenko AI-24A turboprop engines of 2,550ehp; seating for up to 50 passengers.
An-24V (Series II) - Passenger/Cargo Variant; seating for up to 50 passengers.
An-24RT - Based on the An-24T; fitting auxiliary turbojet engine.
An-24RV - Based on An-24V; fitted with auxiliary turbojet engine of 1,985lbs thrust.
Y-7 - Xian-produced version; fitted with 2 x Dongan WJ5A turboprop engines.
Y-1 100 - Xian-produced version; revised cockpit and crew cabin; implementation of winglets; improved throughout.
Y-7 200 - Xian-produced version; sans winglets; revised avionics suite.
Y-7 200A - Xian-produced version; fitted with 2 x Pratt & Whitney PW127C turboprop engines.
Y-7 200B - Xian-produced civilian transport version.

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