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Multipurpose helicopter with two counter-rotating rotors.

This simple but robust aircraft was developed by the Soviet helicopter designer Nikolai Il’yich Kamov (1902–1973). The Ka-26 was conceived as a rotary-wing counterpart to the Antonov An-2 for various civil uses, mainly in agricultural applications. Upward and forward thrust came from two coaxial three-bladed rotors, which were counter-rotating to counteract torque. Two radial piston engines provided power. The area behind the fixed, two-man cockpit could be quickly refitted to accommodate a six-passenger cabin, a chemical tank with spraying equipment, geological instruments, a medevac cabin, a winch or a freight platform.

The exhibited Ka-26 was used by the GDR airline Interflug as an agricultural helicopter until 1991.

Technical specifications:

  • Design office: Kamov, USSR, 1970
  • Rotor diameter: 13.0 m
  • Fuselage length: 7.75 m
  • Take-off weight: 3250 kg
  • Payload: 900 kg
  • Maximum speed: 170 km/h  
  • Range: 400 km
  • Power plant: 2 x Vedenyev M-14 V26 nine-cylinder radial engines
  • Power rating: 2 x 239 kW