SPECIALIZED AERIAL SURVEY AIRPLANEFirst flight 1967
The AN-30 specialized aerial survey airplane is designed on the basis of the AN-24 airplane. Five camera hatches with sealed glazed windows, a separate navigator’s compartment with a wide field of view in the front hemisphere ensure the effectiveness of airplane use for aerial survey operations. A wide range of photographic altitudes and a variety of installed aerial cameras enable to take pictures for topographic maps on a scale from 1:3000 to 1:200000. With the special equipment installed, the AN-30 is used for mineral prospecting, ice patrol, and survey of fish schools. The AN-30 was serially manufactured at the Kyiv Aviation Plant, where 124 airplanes were built between 1973 and 1979.
|6th of July 1964||Enactment of the USSR Council of Ministers No. 568-235 regarding construction of the AN-24FK (AN-30) aerial survey airplane was published.|
|25th of August 1967||the AN-30 airplane flew for the first time. The crew consisted of: Ivan Davydov – captain, Igor Titarenko – co-pilot, Valentyn Tikhomirov – navigator, Rostislav Postovit – flight engineer, Mykola Drobyshev – radio operator, Oleg Papchenko – leading flight test engineer.|
|In 1971||series production of AN-30 airplanes was launched at the Kyiv Aviation Plant.|
|12th of March 1973||the first production AN-30 airplane made its first flight controlled by the crew headed by Oleksandr Svitov.|
|20th of April 1974||Order of the Minister of Civil Aviation B.P. Bugaiev No. 87 on introduction of the AN-30 into service was published.|
|In 1977||the АN-30 (S/N 08-09) was converted into the АN-30RR version – the aircraft for radiation survey.|
|In 1981||the АN-30 (S/N 14-02) was converted into the АN-30IKI version – the flying testbed for remote sensing of the Earth’s surface.|
|In 1984||the AN-30 (S/N 12-08) was converted into the АN-30R – the aircraft for radiation, chemical and bacteriological survey.|
|5th-6th of October 1991||the AN-30 airplane searched for the remains of the SP-31 polar station, which had to be urgently evacuated in order to avoid environmental pollution of the coastal zone in the area of Alaska.|
|25th-30th of April 1994||the first training observation flights were conducted on the AN-30 within the framework of the Treaty on Open Skies.|
|13th of April 1997||the AN-30 from the Blakytna Stezha squadron departed from Boryspil to the United States with a mission under the Treaty on Open Skies, during which the airplane flew 26,000 km within 15 days spending a total of 66 hours in the air.|
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