Originally posted by ShadowXIX
Too bad they only produced one AN-225 That is indeed a impresive plane but unless they ever produce them and use them for some role its another spruce
goose too me. Its always nice to have the biggest something in your arsenal and yes size does matter
OK so it isn't as large as the An 225 but I think you'll find the Antonov An 124 a fairly big old fella (bigger than a C5 Galaxy).....
and it's specs are good too -
TYPE: Heavy-lift freighter.
PERIOD BUILT: 1986-
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Ukraine
ENGINES: 4x ZKMB Lotarev D-18T turbofans of 51,590 lb. thrust
Wing span: 240 ft 6 in / 73.3 m.
Length: 226 ft 9 in / 69.1 m
Height: 68 ft 2 in / 20.78 m.
Empty operating: 385,800 lb / 175,000 kg
Max. takeoff: 892,875 lb / 405,000 kg
Max. cruising speed: 468 kts / 865 kph
Economical cruise: 430-460 kts / 800-850 kph
Range with max. payload: 2,430 nm/ 4,500 km
Range with full fuel load: 8,900 nm / 16,500 km
ACCOMMODATION: Flight crew of six. Upper deck behind flightdeck has galley, rest room and two relief crew cabins. Upper deck behind wing can
accommodate up to 88 passengers. Main cargo deck can carry a range of bulky and oversized cargoes up to 330,695 lb / 150 tonnes.
CREW: Six; 2 pilots, 2 flight engineers, navigator, communications officer.
Developed originally as a military freighter - which has contributed to the US FAA barring it from civil operations - the An-124 was the world's
largest aircraft before the advent of the An-225. The first prototype flew in 1982, and the second appeared at the Paris air show in 1985. Commercial
operations began in 1986. It has nose and tail cargo doors, ability to work from semi-prepared strips on its 24-wheel undercarriage, and the ability
to 'kneel' to ease front end loading. The type has become a fairly frequent Australian visitor, and several have been leased by western based
operators from Antonov.