Antonov's turboprop twins : An-24/An-26/An-30/An-32 by Yefim Gordon, Dmitriy Komissarov

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By Yefim Gordon, Dmitriy Komissarov

The An-24 used to be designed within the overdue Nineteen Fifties because the Soviet counterpart of the Fokker F.27 in either visual appeal and functions. The twin-turboprop An-24 was once produced by way of 3 Soviet airplane factories; many stay in operation. The Soviet Air strength wanted a latest turboprop tactical shipping with paradropping potential. therefore the airliner developed first into the 'quick-fix' An-24T after which into the An-26, which brought a different sliding shipment ramp built via Antonov and guarded through many foreign patents. This prepared the ground for the 'hot-and-high' An-32 and the 'big-head' An-30, a really good aerial images computing device. Antonov's twin-turboprop kinfolk has noticeable civil and army provider in Europe, Asia, the center East, Africa, North, valuable and South the United States, making it a best-seller between Soviet advertisement designs. This e-book lists all recognized operators on a country-by-country foundation and is richly illustrated with pictures within the collections of varied civil and armed forces operators.

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Trench warfare had been imposed on both sides during the fall of 1914, and by the winter of 1914-15 mobile warfare had ended. From the English Channel to the border of Switzerland two trench systems scarred Belgium and France. Between them, at distances varying from a few yards to a hundred or more was No-Man's-Land, a shell-pocked killing ground strewn with the debris of war. In front of each trench, hung on wooden stakes or iron rods, was barbed wire. It varied in depth from one or two strands to ten or twenty feet, and in height from three to five feet.

Units in the line had to report each day the number of enemy shells that landed in their area. This gave the staff information about any build-up of enemy artillery on the front. There was always the possibility of a raid and there was always a certain amount of patrolling out in No-Man's-Land . . There was always the thought of enemy deserters coming over . . 11 The thrill Pearkes felt in his initial visit to the front line came as a result of the nearness of the enemy, but as the months wore on what was new On Active Service 33 and exciting became old and routine.

In front of each trench, hung on wooden stakes or iron rods, was barbed wire. It varied in depth from one or two strands to ten or twenty feet, and in height from three to five feet. Subjected to the weather and the pounding of artillery and mortar shells as well as small arms fire, it frequently needed replacement in part or in whole. It was the last physical barrier to coming to grips with the enemy, and it could impose a disastrous delay on the attackers. The trenches themselves varied according to terrain, the water level, the degree of observation enjoyed by the enemy, and other factors.

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