The last Soviet-made An-26 military transport aircraft was withdrawn from the Hungarian Air Force. According to the Ukrainian Military Portal, the ceremony was held at Kecskemét air base.
The national air forces of Hungary no longer have the An-26 military transport aircraft. All aircraft of this type, which were in service with the country's air force, are decommissioned. Farewell ceremony with the last of the An-26 was held at one of the air bases.
As reported, until recently, the aircraft was in operation as part of the 59th air base. In general, the aircraft stayed in the service for 46 years.
Currently, the Hungarian military are considering several options for replacing the Soviet An-26, but there are no Ukrainian aircraft among them, as well as Russian ones. Among the options are the Italian-American tactical military transport aircraft Leonardo C-27J, the American military transport aircraft medium and long range Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules and a light turboprop transport aircraft developed by the Airtech consortium led by the Spanish company CASA and the Indonesian company Industri Pesawat Terbang Nusantara EADS CASA C-295.
An-26 light military transport multi-purpose aircraft was developed at OKB Antonov Design Bureau. It is intended for the carriage of goods on lines of short and medium length. It has a ramp load carrier, the ramp of which serves as a ramp for the entry of equipment or rolls under the fuselage for loading directly from the car body.
The first departure of the An-26 cargo plane took place on May 21, 1969. An-26 family aircraft were mass-produced in Kiev at the Kiev Aviation Production Association from 1969 to 1986. A total of 1398 aircraft were produced, of which 420 were exported.