It became known about the feat of the An-26 crew during the battles for Snake Island

The author of the telegram channel Fighterbomber shared a story about one of the episodes of the battles for Snake Island. A small detachment of landing forces fought off the attacks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for several days. The enemy attacked both from the air and from the sea. Ukrainian Su-27s and Bayraktar UAVs almost continuously attacked the small Russian garrison.

By May 8, 2022, the Russian fighters on the island had practically run out of ammunition and lost contact with the mainland. The command of the Black Sea Fleet was able to urgently equip only a small An-26 transport aircraft. Radio stations and equipment were loaded into it and sent to Snake Island. The crew did everything in their power and was able to deliver help to the paratroopers.

We were going at an extremely small one, literally cutting the wave with propellers, as if we had reached the island, successfully carried out a drop right in the midst of the battle on the island. Thank God, before the flight, they thought of sticking the letters “Z” with masking tape, which probably saved us from friendly fire. After the reset, when turning to the opposite course, they noticed a high-speed boat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, from which two launches were made at the aircraft from MANPADS

- writes the telegram channel Fighterbomber.

The small An-26 military transport aircraft is not equipped with any means of protection against anti-aircraft missiles. It has no heat trap shooting devices, it is not equipped with any electronic warfare systems and does not carry weapons on board. Only by a lucky coincidence for the crew did both missiles fired by Ukrainian militants pass by the Russian transporter. Recently, Ukrainian publics distributed a video showing the flight of the An-26 and the unsuccessful launch of a rocket by militants.

Already after landing, the An-26 pilots learned that the paratroopers from Snake Island managed to contact the command, assistance and evacuation of the fighters was organized. But without the feat of the crew of a small transport aircraft, it could happen that there would be no one to help and evacuate.

Bottom line: the small An-26 completed a combat mission without cover, without relaying communications, performed an accurate drop of a vital cargo, when retreating, they escaped two MANPADS missiles and returned home safe and sound

Fighterbomber summed up.
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  1. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 20 March 2023 11: 19
    everything secret becomes clear, honor and praise to the landing, they are certainly heroes, but the Kremlin, as usual, lied and presented the abandonment of the island as a gesture of goodwill, and I immediately want to say to the Kremlin apologists, there is no need to talk about all sorts of military secrets and other crap
    1. In passing Offline In passing
      In passing (Galina Rožkova) 20 March 2023 16: 58
      Wouldn't it be better to say that we were gone? Of course, this was a gesture of goodwill. And they talk a lot in this war. All social networks are full.
    2. vicvic Offline vicvic
      vicvic (VicVic) 21 March 2023 16: 48
      Why did you get the idea that in war you must always tell the truth? This isn't a confession from a priest, is it?
      Or was it necessary to tell the truth, only to you and in secret, so that the enemy would not find out?
  2. Human_79 Offline Human_79
    Human_79 (Andrei) 21 March 2023 14: 00
    Well done pilots.
    Were they even awarded?
    1. VolgaXXX Offline VolgaXXX
      VolgaXXX (Arthur) 21 March 2023 19: 23
      Yes, everyone in the General Staff was awarded ..
  3. Teacher Offline Teacher
    Teacher (Wise) 21 March 2023 15: 35
    Where were the "air supremacy" of the Aerospace Forces?
    In this strange NWO, a complete fiasco for the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy and the Russian Aerospace Forces. They are not capable of anything.
  4. faiver Offline faiver
    faiver (Andrei) 21 March 2023 17: 35
    The exploits of the defenders of the Serpentine and the An-26 pilots are the result of the unsuitability of the army command ...
  5. VolgaXXX Offline VolgaXXX
    VolgaXXX (Arthur) 21 March 2023 19: 18
    Glory to Russian soldiers and pilots.
    Shame on their leadership..
  6. Dmitry Volkov Offline Dmitry Volkov
    Dmitry Volkov (Dmitry Volkov) 21 March 2023 20: 52
    Here are the forts, lucky so lucky, but you know why, the An-26 and helicopters, their propellers dissipate the exhaust from the turbojet engine.
    But the Su-25 and other similar aircraft have a clear thermal signature.
  7. Saffron Offline Saffron
    Saffron (Igor) 22 March 2023 10: 09
    That's the only way we hold on to heroism until ...