Antonov An-124


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US$99 million
Lotarev D-18
4- 51,600 lbs ea.
510,000 lbs.
385,000 lbs.
893,000 lbs.
226 ft. 3 in.
240 ft. 5 in.
465 mph
537 mph
2,250 fpm
35,000 feet
3,356 miles

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Antonov An-124

The second largest mass produced aircraft in the world today, the Antonov An-124 has about 10% more cargo capacity than the largest U.S. transports. Its missions include global air lift of cargo that does not fit into conventional transport aircraft.

The Russian military uses a total of 25 of the Antonov An-124 giant airplanes for the mass transportation of combat troops and their equipment.

The Antonov An-124 has on-board equipment, including two movable cranes and winches, for the loading and unloading of cargo through its nose and tail cargo doors. This helps to make it independent of ground facilities for handling of transported goods.

Avionics include 34 computers which handle all of the primary Antonov An-124 functions. The avionics are computerized to enable the aircraft to fly missions in virtually all weather conditions, day or night.

The latest versions of the Antonov An-124 have more powerful, fuel efficient engines. They result in about 10% more range while achieving better performance.

The Antonov An-124 giant cargo jet features a two deck layout with the crew accommodations on the top deck and the bottom deck holding cargo in a pressurized area.

The heavy aircraft landing gear, which are designed for unimproved fields, two auxiliary power units, and a mechanized loading system, allow the Antonov An-124 to operate from airports which would normally be incapable of handling large, heavy cargo. The cargo system is handled by a double redundancy computer.

An upgraded Antonov An-124 features cargo capacity increased by 60,000 lbs. and takeoff weight increased by 20,000 lbs. over the original.

Flight range of the new Antonov An-124 has increased from 2,890 miles (4,650 km) to 3,356 miles (5,400 km) while carrying a cargo of 120 tons.

Service life of the Antonov An-124 has increased to 24,000 flight hours. New on board equipment can load and unload a single cargo weighing up to 40 tons.

The fuselage structure of the new Antonov An-124 has been reinforced to accommodate payloads of up to 150 tons.

The new Antonov An-124 also has updated navigation and radar systems, a digital anti skid braking system,  and an improved ground proximity warning system.

The crew of the newest Antonov An-124 is reduced from 6 to 4 members through the use of new automated aircraft systems.

Six Antonov An-124 aircraft are flying under contract by NATO transporting cargo between some 18 NATO member countries. They have also been delivering supplies to Afghanistan and Iraq.  Antonov An-124 aircraft had been used to deliver astronautic equipment including rockets from their factories to launch sites.

A total of 55 Antonov An-124 aircraft were built before production ended.

Antonov An-124 Ruslan

Antonov An-124

The Antonov An-124  with a 156 in. wingspan is scratch built by Grad Kuipers. Four JEPE 3W1200 Spiderfans provide motivation. All up weight is 26.5 lbs.