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The Antonov An-14 is a Soviet utility aircraft that was designed to carry passengers and cargo on short distances. It was first flown in 1958 and entered service in 1966. It had two radial piston engines that gave it STOL (short take-off and landing) capabilities.

It could operate from small and unpaved airfields. It was nicknamed Pchelka or Little Bee by its crew and passengers. It was used by the Soviet Air Force, Aeroflot and other operators in Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. About 300 aircraft were built until 1972.

The Antonov An-14 had a metallic airframe with a high-wing configuration and a fixed tricycle landing gear. It had a crew of two and could carry up to seven passengers or 760 kg of cargo. It had a maximum speed of 214 km/h and a range of 720 km. It had a wingspan of 21.99 m, a length of 11.36 m and a height of 4.5 m.

Some variants of the Antonov An-14 were:

An-14A: A modified version with improved avionics and equipment.
An-14B: A version with increased payload and fuel capacity.
An-14M: A version with more powerful engines and a redesigned nose.
An-14Pch: A version for aerial photography and surveying.
An-28: A development of the An-14 with turboprop engines and a pressurized cabin



General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Capacity: 6-8 passengers / 720 kg (1,587 lb) payload
  • Length: 11.36 m (37 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 21.99 m (72 ft 2 in)
  • Height: 4.63 m (15 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 39.72 m2 (427.5 sq ft)
  • Aspect ratio: 12.15:1
  • Empty weight: 2,600 kg (5,732 lb)
  • Gross weight: 3,450 kg (7,606 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 3,600 kg (7,937 lb)
  • Cabin size: 3.1 m × 1.53 m × 1.6 m (10.17 ft × 5.02 ft × 5.25 ft)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Ivchenko AI-14RF 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines, 220 kW (300 hp) each
  • Propellers: 3-bladed variable-pitch propellers


  • Maximum speed: 210 km/h (130 mph, 110 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 180 km/h (110 mph, 97 kn)
  • Landing speed: 80 km/h (50 mph; 43 kn)
  • Range: 650 km (400 mi, 350 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 5,000 m (16,000 ft)
  • Take-off run: 100–110 m (328–361 ft)
  • Landing run: 110 m (361 ft)


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