Antonov An-8 Camp - Variants
An-8 "N" is a passenger version of An-8, developed simultaneously with the base one according to the same operative documents. This aircraft was designed to carry up to 46 passengers with luggage in conditions of increased comfort in 2 salons and in double-berth cabins, or 57 in the usual way. In the cargo and passenger variant it was possible to transport 15 passengers and 5000 kg of cargo, and in the purely transport - up to 7,700 kg of cargo, depending on the range of flight. In 1955 a full-scale mock-up An-8 "N" was built, but no further work was carried out on the aircraft, as it was decided to develop the AN-10.
An-8M is an anti-submarine version. In contrast to the basic An-8M, bomb hatches in the cargo compartment floor (2 bomb bay) are made and reinforced beams are installed on the ceiling of the fuselage for suspension of cluster bomb holders. The outer surfaces of the aircraft are covered with special anti-corrosion paints, radio-hydroacoustic equipment makes it possible to detect submarines in the underwater position, to monitor the boat with the aim of aiming at the strike groups. It was not built.
An-8Sh is an educational and navigational version for group training in aviation schools for navigators and pilots and flight crew training in combat units of the Air Force. In the cargo cabin it was planned to place 18 additional jobs, 16 of which - for trainees, 2 - for navigators-instructors. The preliminary design was carried out on July 9, 1960, further work was not carried out.
An-8PS is a search and rescue aircraft to search for ships and people in distress at sea, or aircraft in hard-to-reach terrain. Provided parachute landing of rescue teams, boats, uniforms, food and medicine, as well as transportation of victims. The project was stopped in the summer of 1958, but in August of the same year it was continued, although already on the basis of the An-12, under the name of An-12PS.
An-8T is a variant of a fuel truck for transportation of all types of automobile and aviation fuels, as well as rocket-oxidants and special flammable. In 1959, one machine was converted, but because of not fully resolved security problems, further work on the An-8T was not carried out. It had a takeoff weight of 38 tons, a carrying capacity of 11,000 kg, a speed of 475 km / h, and a flight range of 800 km.
An-8RU - modification An-8 with two solid rocket motors accelerators SPRD-159 with a thrust of 4300 kgf. These JATO accelerators are installed in the tail of the fuselage under the hatch of the stern cockpit. The installation allows increasing the take-off weight of the aircraft to 42 tons. In 1963 one of the serial aircraft was converted to this configuration, but during the tests it crashed, the crew was killed. Further work was stopped.
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