The An-2 is mainly used as a parachute drop aircraft, for light utility transport, agricultural work and other tasks well suited for this large biplane. Its designer Antonov, constructed it as a all metal, large single bay biplane. As a passenger airplane it can transport twelve passengers. The payload is 2,870 lb, and it is powered by a Shvetsov ASh-62 engine.
Its slow flying capabilities is such, that the pilot's handbook reads: "If the engine quits in instrument conditions or at night, the pilot should pull the control column full aft (it won't stall) and keep the wings level. When the airplane slows to a forward speed of about 40 km/h (25 mph), the airplane will sink at about a parachute descent rate until the aircraft hits the ground."