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Published on Oct 18, 2008
Still uploading stuff that we took during the last year's trip to Red Lake and Oshkosh. Here's DHC-3 'Otter' with a 1000 hp radial engine at Red Lake. They say it is the 'Polish made' engine. Seems like its true.
However, the Antonov-2 biplane powered by the same kind of engine. The Soviets in 70s (not quite sure, though of the exact time) sold a license to build An-2s in Poland, and probably the engine went along with the plane. In the USSR the engine was designated 'ASh-62IR'. Many An-2s still work all across the country.
Pilots who flew Otters 'on 1000 hp' say the plane is way more 'agile'. Well, there's even better variant - 'turbine conversion'. Of that one good many say it is 'hand down the best bush plane ever made' :)