An-71, O.K.Antonov 'Madcap'

168k photo at An-71 page at 'Novik'

n AEW version of the An-72 with a radome on the forward swept tailfin. Third engine in fuselage serves for aircraft carrier takeoff. Seen in Gostomel, at test flight and tuning base of Antonov OKB in 1987. Two were built for "Tbilisi" (AKA "Admiral Kuznetsov") aircraft carrier.
33k photo from lost WEB resource (something ...phoenix...)

The first prototype flew on July 12, 1985.
Two or three built. The An-71 was cancelled, because the Yak-44 was preferred (?).
Technical data
Type An-71
Function AEW
Year 1985
Crew 6
Engines 2*7500kg D-436K turbofans
1*2900kg RD-38A
Length 23.5m
Height 9.20m
Wingspan 31.89m
Wing area ?m2
Empty weight ?kg
Loaded weight ?kg
Wing load ?kg/m2
Trust-to-Weight ?
Maximum Speed 650km/h
Cruise Speed 530km/h
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Range ?km
Flight Endurance ?h
Ceiling ?m
1000m ?min
Fuel ?kg
Created November 11, 1996
Modified June 18, 1999
by Alexandre Savine
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