Антонов Ан2 - Antonov an-2 Colt Cockpit - Crop Duster - Баск - Bask Air - SkyLink (Bulgaria)

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Антонов Ан2 - Antonov an-2 Colt Cockpit - Crop Duster - Баск - Bask Air - SkyLink (Bulgaria)

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Abandoned Antonov An-2 spray plane (Bulgaria). Tail number LZ-1102, marked AIST-3

I found this old spray plane parked on an abandoned military air field north of Plovdiv. The abandoned airfield has since been converted into a car racing circuit Kaloyanovo.

This good old plane was later spotted in Agades (Niger) in 2007 where it was sadly involved in a ground mishap with another similar Antonov An-2 (AIST-2) that overturned in a Sandstorm... (the Antonov wasn't anchored). See photos here:




Sadly, the other Antonov, AIST-2 was never repaired. We don't know about the status of this one (AIST-3).

Arif Bernard wrote: Current status of Bask Air AIST-2 is shown clearly in April 22, 2018 NY Times story, "A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust:"

Article: www.nytimes.com/2018/04/22/us/politics/drone-base-niger.html

Photo: static01.nyt.com/images/2018/04/18/world/DC-Drones3/merli...

No one who loves planes likes to see a great frame whither away regardless of its origin. But plenty more remain with new opportunities to live even longer.

Баск - Bask Air AD ( baskair [at] abv.bg ) is a Bulgarian civil air company. It specializes in providing air emergency services, crop dusting and other aerial services. According to this website, the Company owns 4 Antonov An-2 planes, but now, 2 of them have been seriously damaged in Niger (see above).

This photo is part of my България - Bulgaria series.

Date & GPS location
Photo taken on May 19, 2004
Kaloyanovo Municipality, Bulgaria
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