Please help to solve the mysteries of their identities:

 

STATUS: SOLVED?

Christian Flaug sent me this in July 2017:
"I found your contact when looking for information on the internet about Beijing Museum, which I visited in August 2016.
I managed to get through most planes and I am wondering if you know further details about these 5 Antonov An-2's, which do not carry a registration.
I am trying to identify them and it does not seem to be easy! I hope you will be able to answer my request.
Many thanks."
Christian

Unidentified An-2, Bejing Aviation Museum (2016, Christian Flaug)
Unidentified Antonov An-2, Beijing Aviation Museum (2016, Christian Flaug)

A number of Harbin Y-5 / An-2 Colts have been reported here, asper my Datangshan Log Report):
3129 (sighted: Dec03 - olive green, 08Jul04) -- 3139 (Jan00, Feb02, Dec03 - olive green, 08Jul04) -- 7225 (1996, Mar97, Feb02, Dec03 - manufacturer labelled as 'Nanchang', 08Jul04) -- 10996 (Dec03 - olive green, very tatty, 08Jul04 ) -- 60066 (1996 , Mar96, Feb02, Dec03 - olive green, 08Jul04)
And an An-2 floatplane: 21397/10953.
The latter is could be the one above, but Phil's suggestion below contradicts this. However I had no 10997 listed..?

Phil Hawks' suggestions (on Yahoo's Classic-Propliners-forum) here are of great help, a final step would be 'which is which'.
"The Y-5 on floats is 10997 (fitted with the rudder from 21353). It's not a genuine floatplane, BTW - the floats are from something different and have just been added by the museum."
(It certainly shows likeness to John Bennett's 2011 photo (type described as AVIC Y-5). And to Trevor Bartlett's 2016 photo, but '10997, identity not certain'.
"7225 has always been displayed in the tunnel, so if this is still the case, the others must be 3129, 3139, 10996 and 60066. As to which is which, however..."

 

Unidentified An-2, Bejing Aviation Museum (2016, Christian Flaug)
Unidentified An-2, Beijing's China Aviation Museum (2016, Christian Flaug).
This one has a '9' on the remaining tailsection, so is 3129 or 3139.
Check John Bennett's https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1337494: which would make it 3129.

Unidentified An-2, Bejing Aviation Museum (2016, Christian Flaug)
Unidentified An-2, Beijing's China Aviation Museum (2016, Christian Flaug)
So we still have 3139 -- 7225 -- 60066 and 21397 (10953?) to identify among these...

Unidentified An-2, Bejing Aviation Museum (2016, Christian Flaug)
Unidentified An-2, Beijing's China Aviation Museum (2016, Christian Flaug)

Unidentified An-2, Bejing Aviation Museum (2016, Christian Flaug)
Is this the one described as 'very tatty' (10996) above..?
This one resembles 10996 on John Bennett's https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1337492 for its 'bleached'spots.

'eLaReF' suggested comparison with his Datangshan (2001) folder on Flickr.com
AN02 Datangshan
But the timespan (2001 vs 2016) makes the differences in their wasted states rather difficult.
Btw, the above 10996 seems to have gone even more grey by Trevor Bartlett's 2016 image and suggests
a different An-2 than the ones by Christian : https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1555420

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While on the subject of the AN-2, it celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017!
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Created 01-Sep-2017,
Updated 04-Sep-2017