MULTIPURPOSE TRANSPORT AIRPLANEFirst flight 1976
The AN-32 multipurpose transport airplane was developed under order of the Indian Air Force on the basis of the AN-26 aircraft and differs from the latter in more powerful engines, enhanced wing high-lift devices and roller track equipment installed in the airplane. The AN-32 can be operated at high-altitude airfields (up to 4500 m above sea level) and in a hot climate. The airplane was serially manufactured at the Kyiv Aviation Plant from 1982 to 1996 (358 airplanes).
|16th of June 1975||the Order of the Ministry of Aviation Industry of the USSR concerning development of the airplane for high-level airfields was published.|
|9th of July 1976||the AN-32 performed maiden flight. The airplane was flown by the crew including: Volodymyr Tkachenko – captain, Yurii Kurlin – co-pilot, Grigorii Gumeniuk – navigator, Mykhaylo Troshin – flight engineer, Vitalii Yaskov – radio operator and Anatolii Zagumennyi – leading flight test engineer.|
|6th of November – 13th of December 1976||the AN-32 airplane was demonstrated in India for the first time.|
|30th of December 1980||the Council of Ministers of the USSR issued Order No. 2743-RS regarding development and manufacturing of the AN-32 airplane for export deliveries to the Indian Air Force (118 airplanes).|
|In October 1982||the first AN-32 preproduction airplane (S/N 001) was rolled out of the Kyiv Aircraft Production Association (KyAPA) assembly shop.|
|In January 1983||the Air Force Commander in Chief issued Order No. 41 as to the carrying out of AN-32 test flights both in the USSR and in India.|
|17th of February 1983||joint AN-32 Official Airplane Tests started.|
|In October – November 1985||14 world records of flight altitude with various cargoes were set on the АN-32.|
|In 1986||production of AN-32 airplanes for Afghanistan was launched (a total of 75 airplanes were assembled).|
|11th of May 1987||the State Committee of the Council of Ministers of the USSR for military and industrial issues adopted Resolution No. 266 regarding AN-32 modification and assignment of AN-32B designation to the new version.|
|16th of February 1993||the AN-32P fire fighting airplane performed maiden flight. The AN-32P was flown by the crew including: Anatolii Slobodeniuk – captain, Volodymyr Terskiy – co-pilot.|
|In 1995||the AN-32B obtained the Type Certificate for Restricted Category Aircraft No. 79-32B issued by the IAC Aviation Register.|
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