Antonov An-124

The Antonov An-124 Ruslan (Russian and Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-124 «Руслан») (NATO reporting name: Condor) was the largest airplane in production, dwarfing even the C-5 Galaxy, until the Antonov An-225 was built. During development it was known as the An-400 and An-40 in the West, and it flew for the first time on 26 December 1982 and entered service with Aeroflot in January 1986, and with the Russian Air Force in 1987. Civil certification was issued by the CIS Interstate Aviation Committee on 30 December 1992. Over forty are currently in service (26 civilian models with airlines and 10 firm orders as of August 2006) and 20 were in commercial use in 1998 in Russia, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and Libya. The interior of this transport is so voluminous that 6,600-pound capacity wenches and 22,000-pound capacity traveling cranes are part of its regular on-board equipment.

Powered by four ZMKB Progress (Ivchenko) D-18T turbofan engines rated at 51,587 lb st each, the AN-124 has a maximum cruising speed of 537 mph and a range of 10,250 miles with maximum fuel or 2,795 miles with the maximum payload of 330,688 lb.

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