A specially equipped UTair An-2 aircraft has been flown "ocean to ocean" on an intercontinental flight from the Plekhanovo airfield in Tyumen Siberia to Cape Town International Airport in South Africa along a route from Mys-Kamennyy on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, according to the Shipping Gazette.
The aircraft landed safely in Cape Town on February 20 after departing on December 5 from the Russian settlement in Siberia.
The An-2 aircraft covered 20,000 kilometres, a flight unmatched in terms of distance and duration for this type of aircraft. The plane flew over 15 countries: Russia, the Ukraine, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Spain, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola, Namibia and South Africa.
During the flight the crew had to deal with difficult navigational and technical tasks occasioned by meteorological conditions and negotiations with aviation authorities for the provision of high quality fuel. The aircraft was said to have "performed perfectly over a record distance and confirmed its unique reputation as the world's largest, safest and most enduring biplane".
This historic flight with the An-2 aircraft was dedicated to the celebration of the 65th anniversary of multipurpose aircraft. The An-2 aircraft is the world's only aircraft that has been in serial production for half a century and has been awarded a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Modifications of the original An-2 aircraft design are still manufactured.