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Gnawing upon an Antonov

6 February 2012

Gnawing upon an Antonov

Last month I was visiting the Opa-locka Executive Airport, where many interesting aircraft reside, and came upon a crew systematic disassembling an Antonov An 12 (NATO codename of Cub). Antonov aircraft designs are rare for me to see so this was a shocking sight — this Cub was disappearing before my eyes. Economics likely prevented thoughts of preservation or donation to a museum or air park, an unfortunate occurrence in the United States since seeing aircraft designs from other countries serve to broaden education and perspective.

Mechanic dismantling the number four engine mounting area on the Antonov An 12 “Cub” — photo by Joseph May

Profile of the now diminished Cub with various jack stands against the fence, note the one in use under the right wing as well as the elimination of the vertical stabilizer and rudder — photo by Joseph May

Detailed view of the tail gun position that is characteristic of so many Russian cargo aircraft designs — photo by Joseph May

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