Within the early/mid-1950s, a brand new army doctrine developed within the Soviet Union requiring elevated troop mobility. In reaction, plans have been made for modernizing and increasing the Soviet Air Force's army airlift arm to satisfy the calls for of up to date conflict. The layout bureau led by way of Oleg okay. Antonov took at the activity, constructing first the twin-engined An-8 in 1955 after which the four-turboprop An-12 - the Soviet counterpart to the Lockheed C-130 Hercules.
First flown on December sixteen, 1957, the An-12 used to be a spinoff of the An-10 medium-haul airliner and had a greater destiny than its predecessor, nearly changing into as winning because the Hercules. The An-12 was once inbuilt huge numbers and with various really expert models to fill a large number of roles. This rugged airlifter has proved its worthy either in wrestle and in advertisement operations in the course of the global. The An-12 remains to be utilized by the Russian Air strength and various airways either in and out of doors the previous Soviet bloc to at the present time. notwithstanding lengthy out of construction in its domestic state, the An-12 lives on in China because the Shaanxi Y8. This e-book covers every one identified model and provides an in depth account of the An-12's complete provider occupation.
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