TWO ANTONOV An-26s have been donated to the Fuerza Aérea del Ejército de Nicaragua (FAEN – Nicaraguan Army Air Force) by the Russian Navy. They were formally handed over to the FAEN by the Chief of Aviation of the Russian Federation Naval Force, Major General Igor Sergeueevich Kozhin, during a ceremony in Nicaragua on February 23. They will be operated by the Escadron de Transport, based at Managua International Airport.
The two An-26s are FA-EN161 (c/n 5904, ex RF-46898/‘46 Blue’) and FA-EN162 (c/n 6509, ex RF-46855), which arrived in the country late last year. The first one had arrived at Managua by November 6, when it was seen still wearing its Russian serial, but two days later had gained its FAEN serial. The second was delivered to Managua on December 8.