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D-FWJO Antonov An-2TD Colt c/n 1G174-26 - SKYDIVE STADTLOHN - Hoogeveen airfield in Holland - 08 April 2018 oldtimers biplanes

Designed originally for agricultural duties under the designation SKh-1, the An-2 utility transport flew for the first time on 31 August 1947. Of robust construction and suitable for operations from short, semi-prepared strips, the Antonov An-2 has been manufactured for both military and civil roles. The An-2 remained in production until 1991. Over 18.000 of the different types were built in the Ukraine (5000), Poland (12000) and China (1000).

The Antonov An-2TD s/n 1G174-26 was registered in the DDR as DM-WJO on 27 May 1977. Antonov An-2TD DM-WJO was operated by the G.S.T. (Gesellschaft für Sport und Technik). All aircraft with the DM-W** prefix belonged to G.S.T., the Society for Sport and Technology that was a mass organization in East Germany related to the NVA (Nationale Volksarmee), the Army of the Deutschen Demokratischen Republik (East German Army). On 2 February 1982, the DM-WJO was re-registered DDR-WJO, as before operated with the GST. On 28 April 1990, after the unification of Germany, the B.T.S. (Bund Technischer Sportverbände) was founded as the successor of the GST. On 18 June 1991, the bi-plane was re-registered D-FWJO with BTS, the Association of Technical Sports Organizations. In August 1999, the An2TD D-FWJO was seen in service with FSC Mecklenburg. On 23 January 2003, registration D-FWJO was cancelled, but reserved again the same day. In 2006, the aircraft was seen active again with a private owner. Since, the Antonov An2-TD was transferred to Skydive Stadtlohn and based at Stadtlohn airfield. Antonov An-2TD D-FWJO is powered by a Shvetsov ASz-62 IR engine. On 8 April 2018, the D-FWJO was seen at Hoogeveen airfield in Holland where it three days was based for dropping of parachutists above Zuidveld near Westerbork. Soldiers from all over Europe made a parachute jump these days to commemorate Operation Amherst, which took place during the Second World War.

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