Today we’re at Norilsk Airport, exploring the Ilyushin Il-76TD.
The Il-76TD was built as a military aircraft but later given civilian designations.
Payload is 50 tons.
Maximum takeoff weight is 190 tons.
The first flight was made on May 5th, 1982.
In the picture: the aircraft is being loaded.
The Il-76 has seen extensive service as a commercial freighter for ramp-delivered cargo, especially for outsized or heavy items unable to be otherwise carried.
Its round fuselage is divided into several hermetic bays: the cockpit, the navigator cabin (under the cockpit), the cargo bay and a bay with a couple of the Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23L automatic cannons (in military versions).