An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

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.

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

Is it a patch?

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

The plane is a musical one!

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

An-12 From Different Angles

Currently the An-12 is very popular with cargo operators, especially those in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

Location: Chelyabinsk

via dushlik

16 thoughts on “An-12 From Different Angles”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    • 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.

  5. 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).

  6. “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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