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16 An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

Posted on September 5, 2012 by team


Transport aircrafts are huge and impressive. They can carry heavy cargos, equipment and people in their “stomachs”. An-12 is one of them. These photos of the airplane were taken in Chelyabinsk during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Air Forces.

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16 Responses to “An-12 From Different Angles”

  1. Dr. Kevorkian says:

    That tire pic is scary. But more after the pic with passenger children.

  2. Richard S. says:

    What is the glass nose for. It is very common on Soviet/Russian aircraft. It looks like a pit for a bombardier but the aircraft is not a bomber. Someone please reveal this mystery. Thank you so much in advance.

  3. TropicalStorm says:

    That is how they see where they are going. Actually the pilot opens the side panel from time to time to let fresh air in and sniff the air for direction.

  4. Andrew McClelland says:

    I believe the glass nose is for observations, if you had to make an air drop of cargo without landing the glass nose will give you a better view point of where to do this than the view from the cockpit.

  5. Takolander says:

    I believe it was old soviet doctrine that pretty much ALL transport aircraft (even in Aeroflot) should be able to be converted to bombers in a jiffy.

    • vorontsevich says:

      Not quite correct. Yes, all Aeroflot planes were supposed to be able to be converted for military use with relative ease, but the vast majority of them were for cargo/paratroop drops, or strategic airlifting. Not bombers. After all, this was the age of missiles and guided bombs.

  6. Igor says:

    The navigator sit there.

  7. javox says:

    the tire is the most scary part…i meant…it look like could blow up in any min hehe

  8. david says:

    Its where the navigator sits, back in the day he would pick out visual landmarks along with radio aid naviagation

  9. regulator says:

    This seems to look like a former military plane – the rear gun turret minus its guns is still in place (as you can see in 11th and 12th picture).

  10. Apu Gupta says:

    those tires are more than just over worn, and yeah.. good idea for your kids to give a joy fly-ride in that old junk

  11. America says:

    In Putin’s Russia, tire crashes you!

  12. Thomas says:

    “civilians aircraft are in better shape than that thing”‘

    Yes but it’s a military aircraft: Civilian rules don’t apply.

    And that rule applies to military aircrafts everywhere.

    The hole looks very recent so probably from latest landing. Jumping into conclusions, aren’t we?

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