11th AN-2 meeting


The 11th AN-2 meeting took place in Lithuania – my home country. It took place in Paluknys, a small city near Vilnius – the capital of Lithuania.


Thursday 2007 08 09

10.00 – 22.00 Arrival of participants, registration and accommodation of crews. Welcome party and hangar-talks at the airfield (club-house).

Friday 2007 08 10

8.00 – 24.00 Breakfast at the place of accommodation. Departure from hotels to the airfield. Official AN-2 meeting opening ceremony. Preparation of airplanes and briefing of a common AN-2 flight: Paluknys-Rūdiškės-Trakai-Vilnius-Paluknys (including the precise landing competition, fuel covered by organizers). Bus ride to Grūtas park, also known as Stalin world, dinner in a soviet style canteen. Bus ride to Vilnius and reception of participants hosted by the Mayor of Vilnius at the City Hall. Vilnius sightseeing tour. Supper at the airfield (club-house) with live music.

Saturday 2007 08 11

8.00 – 01.00 Breakfast at the place of accommodation. Departures to the airfield. AN-2 Olympic games for arrived crews. Public day: presentation of the airplanes, sightseeing flights for civilians, spare part market, traditional Lithuanian food and souvenirs market, military kitchen. Trakai sightseeing tour. Final party at a country style restaurant with live music, including awards and announcement of the organizers of the next meeting.

Sunday 2007 08 12

8.00 – 18.00 Breakfast at the place of accommodation. Departure from hotels to the airfield. Farewell and departures of crews.

About the meeting

Since this meeting took place in my own country, I was also a part of an organizing team. I helped organising the crew competition on the third day and trips to Druskininkai and Trakai. 11th AN-2 meeting gathered 17 participating AN-2’s from Lithuania, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland and, for the first time, Ukraine. Many people and journalists came from other countries as well.

The full story about the meeting is placed under the category “11th AN-2 meeting“.

The story is divided into the following parts:

  • The first day (Arrival of the participants, preparations for the meeting)
  • The second day (A trip to Druskininkai, Vilnius and an evening party)
  • The third day (A trip to Trakai, a joint flight over Trakai and Vilnius, Crew competition, Ending party)

All of the participant airplanes can be seen in this post.

Originally, I started a blog about this meeting at http://an2meeting.blogspot.com/2007/08/11th-2-meeting-is-over.html in 2007. However, in 2009 I decided to integrate it into one blog, to have everything in one place.

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