Saturday, 3 July 2010

Twin turboprop cargo

Late on a summer's evening, when the sun sets around 9pm, one can still catch planes coming into land at Okęcie with a long lens. There's enough light for a short, hand-held exposure.

Here are three aircraft I've not presented before, all twin turboprops, all flying cargo into Warsaw. Below: SP-KPH, one of 11 Saab 340As operated by SprintAir for cargo (no passenger windows) and charter flights. Each one has the same livery pattern - but to make them more interesting to the spotter community, they are painted in different colours.

Below: Saab 340AF SP-KPK. SprintAir also has (windowed) Saab 340As, the QC (Quick Change) version which can be used for cargo or passenger flights, and a pair of standard ones for passenger-only charter use.

Below: Ukrainian Antonov An-26B, a daily visitor to Okęcie. A civil version of the standard Soviet tactical military transport aircraft (first flight 1968). Caught in low sun just before dusk, UR-CHT belonging to Ukrainian operator Meridian approaches Runway 33.

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