ANTONOV An-124 RUSLAN
senior smaller brother of An-225
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Continuation of a series of articles about the World's largest aircraft ! This time we present to you - "senior - smaller brother" An-225 MRIYA ! It is the An-124 RUSLAN (ukr. Ан-124 «Руслан») ! It was this beautiful machine, on base of which modeled word's giant and record-breaker, An-225 ! We encourage you to see and admire the giant, which is used in an air fleet of Ukraine and Russia. It can be seen at all major airports of Ukraine. So if you are on any of the airports of Ukraine in the near future or at the Euro championships 2012 year - look carefully, you may be next to An-124 Ruslan !!!
If you are looking for something similar, check RELATED ENTRIES at the end of this article.
Worldwide there are 56 copies of this magnificent machine.
It has the NATO code: „Condor”, this is a four-engine, jet, strategic aircraft, designed by Antonov design office.
It was the largest produced transport aircraft in the world - until the creation modeled on it - An-225 Mriya !
Was created for the Soviet Army, for transport purposes. Transported by it: tanks, helicopters, turbines for power plants and other heavy objects.
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DISCOVERY CHANNEL: Antonov An-124 Ruslan
Country - USSR (Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic);
- Manufacturer – Antonov ;
- Type - Cargo Aircraft, CARGO;
- Kfrom NATO - Condor;
- First flight – 26 December 1982 year;
- Copies – 56 in 2007 year;
- Crew – 4-6 people;
- Propulsion – 4 x dual-flow jet engines, Lotariev D-18T;
- Thrust of engines – 229,5 kN each;
- Dimensions – 73,3 x 69,1 x 20,8 (m);
- Curb Weight – 177 000 kg;
- Net Weight – 120 000 kg;
- Fuel supply – 287 000 L;
- Range – 16 500 km;
- Ceiling – 12 000 m;
- Top speed – 863 km / h;
- Minimum speed – 245 km / h.
Is not it beautiful ? It is a witness to the power and might of the USSR ! They could build a beautiful air machine, still take your breath away at the sight of these iron birds !
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