The Antonov An-72 NATO reporting name “Coaler” manufactured by Antonov is a Soviet STOL light military transport aircraft later developed into the Antonov An-71. The Antonov An-72 has a STOL capabilities designed be used on unprepared surface and can takeoff on a 620 meter runways and land on a 420 meter runway. The most significant design feature of the An-72 is the use of the Coanda effect to improve STOL performance, which utilizes engine exhaust.
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NASAThe was one of a group of lifting bodies flown from 1963 to The was flown 28 times in the program that validated the concept that a Space Shuttle vehicle could be landed unpowered. This image was taken Sep.