Handiwork 181

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Handiwork 181 (Russian: Изделие 181), was a Soviet experimental aircraft, built by OKB Antonov in Kiev at the end of the 1980s. An interesting feature of the plane is its unusual arc-shaped wing, a so-called Channel wing.


The Antonov An-181, or also called Handiwork 181, is an experimental aircraft built by OKB Antonov in Kiev in the late 1980s. Due to the collapse of the Soviet Union, the project was terminated because of the lack of funds. An interesting feature of the aircraft are its unusual curved wings, the so-called channel wings. The aircraft has two seats next to each other, a conventional fixed landing gear, a V-tailplane and high-wing wing, which are equipped with a channel swing in the area of the propellers. The drive is carried out by means of shafts and deflection gearboxes, which transmit the power from the engine in the fuselage to the two-blade propellers. The aircraft received the registration СССР-190101 and is exhibited in the State Museum of Aviation of Ukraine. Willard Ray Custer had previously built airplanes with the same wing concept in the USA.[1]

Specifications (An-181)[2][edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 people
  • Length: 7,31 m
  • Wingspan: 7,3 m
  • Height: 2,5 m
  • Wing area: 7 m²
  • Normal take-off weight: 820 kg
  • Maximum take-off weight: 900 kg
  • Engine: AP LOM M-337A, 6 cylinders, 103 kW
  • Propeller diameter: 1.5 m
  • Maximum speed: 225 km / h
  • Practical range: 530 km
  • Service height: 4200 m
  • Starting distance: 70 m
  • Landing distance: 80 m


  1. ^ Soviet X-Planes Yefim Gordon,Bill Gunston ISBN 9781857800999
  2. ^ "Экспериментальный самолет "Изделие 181"". Государственный музей авиации (Жуляны). Archived from the original on 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-06-18.