An-124-100 — Ruslan (PHOTOS)

Photo report by Roman Vukolova

Ruslan, also known as "product-400", also known as Condor — the world's largest on-duty transport aircraft. Unlike Boeing from the previous post this giant carries not only the containers and boxes. It fit: an army of 880 soldiers, a few tanks, garage car, a train with a locomotive, and even other airplanes. To upload it to the eyeballs will need up to 150 tons of cargo, but it is not the limit — it holds the record of 171 ton, delivered in the Soviet times as a response to U.S. counterpart C5-Galaxy! I climbed all the nooks in his big belly, sat in the cockpit and get closer with this fairly well-known aircraft.

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The first An-124 flew 24 December 1982. And it was designed, as many of the best Soviet hardware primarily for military purposes: to transport ballistic missile launchers, personnel of the landing of troops and armored vehicles. There were built 56 units, most of which ekspluatriuetsya the Ministry of Defence and the company "Volga-Dnepr". For more details you can read in the Wiki and also highly recommend to watch a documentary film about this aircraft: "Ruslan, who united the world". Here I will give only the most interesting facts.

01. Multishelf chassis, equipped with 24 wheels, allows the use of the plane on a dirt strip, and change the ride height and angle of the fuselage, which enables loading of vehicles and various non-standard goods.

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02. The plane two wide hatch: on the nose and tail, with ramps for the arrival of transport.

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03. There are non-standard goods that can not be transported by any other aircraft, so "Ruslan" works around the world.

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04. It even carrying spacecraft. And not only Roskosmos, but NASA, if something did not cram into their own C-5. So that there is a relatively peaceful NASA? NATO fighters have resorted to his aid when they can not throw their own air defense system "Patriot"!

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05. In the cargo has 2 electric winch pull up to 3 tons each, and 4 electric hoist with a total capacity of up to 30 tons. The most unusual cargo are transported at different times of the An-124 152-ton dump truck "Euclid" (moved for two flights), rotor wheel with a diameter of 6 meters and weighing 80 tons, 52 tons of gold, Michael Jackson moved in 1993 310 tons of equipment and stuff on the three AN-124, for a concert in Moscow, 109-ton locomotive, 160-ton 24-meter obelisk of Axum (divided in three parts), and large 86-ton pumps to eliminate the nuclear accident in Fukushima, flight simulator Sukhoi Superjet.

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06. Aircraft operated by a crew of 7-9 people.

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07. Inside, of course, everything looks more brutal and "old school" than in Boeing.

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08. Made in the USSR.

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09. Serial production was halted in the mid-90s. But in 2009, the Russian government has ordered the state to include weapons program until 2020 purchase of 20 Antonov An-124-100 for the Russian Air Force. Developed and improved version 124-300.

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10. AN-124 not once was a hero movies. Among them: James Bond — Die Another Day, but not now; Shirley Myrli, 2012.

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11. Beauty for carers.

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12. Reminiscent of second-class train carriage. It can fly 21 people. Beauty does not have a pass-through to the control room and the cabin crew, although it is on the same level with them over the cargo deck.

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13. The maximum range of non-stop flight can be up to 14400km (without cargo, with a full load of 150 tons — 3200km), so the beds are provided. The decor is spartan.

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14. The toilet is very smiled: two bowl against each other — I have never seen)). You can casually talk face to face, or play a game of chess))).

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15. This year I shot back at MAKS, like the title picture. In the picture board 82043, too Volga-Dnepr (the pictures of Moscow — 82042).

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16. U.S. rival C-5. At MAKS-2011.

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17. AN-124 wants to swallow A380)). At MAKS-2011.

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Thank you for the invitation to the press service of the airport Domodedovo and company Volga-Dnepr.

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