A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World’s Largest Aircraft

A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

Heavyweight aircraft transfers huge drilling rigs, equipment, machines on thousands of miles. When there is no opportunity or time to send cargo by water or by land, heavy transport aircraft comes to the aid.
The leader among heavyweight aircrafts is rightly considered AN-124 “Ruslan”. It is the second world’s largest serial cargo plane (the first is AN-225 Mriya). The largest operator of AN-124 is the Russian Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

1. Aircraft an-124 “Ruslan” had been designed primarily for air transportation of mobile launchers for intercontinental ballistic missiles. The first flight of the prototype flew on 24 December 1982 in Kyiv.

A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

3. This plane is really amazing. The length of the aircraft is 69 meters.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

4. AN-124 is nearly twice as long compared with the Airbus A-320.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

5. Aircraft height is 21 meters. This is a 7-storey building. A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

6. Wingspan is 73 meters. For example, this is the width of the Red Square in Moscow.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

8. Multisupport chassis equipped with a 24-ring wheels that allows to operate AN-124 with unpaved runways, as well as to change the angle of inclination of the fuselage which facilitates loading.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

9. The aircraft is equipped with 4 engines D-18T. In takeoff mode, each engine develops a thrust of 23.4 tons (or 230 kN). The total traction of all 4 engines is 93.6 tons (920 kN). It can be assumed that every engine on take-off mode has an output of about 12 500 horsepower!A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

10. The maximum speed of the aircraft is 865 km / h. Practical range is 4500 km, ferry range is 16500 km.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

11. A feature of the aircraft design is the presence of two cargo hatches in the nose and tail parts of the fuselage, which facilitates and accelerates the processes of loading cargo. In particular the goods in the AN-124 can be loaded or unloaded simultaneously from the nose and tail parts.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

12.. Opening of the front cargo hatch is carried out in stages with the remote control.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

13. In June 2016 An-124-100 “Ruslan” Volga-Dnepr Airlines delivered hydraulic turbine impeller from St. Petersburg to Magadan for Ust-Srednekanskaya HPP.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

14. For transportation of hydraulic turbine impeller there was used an equipment that distributes weight across the floor of the cargo compartment. It is also important to consolidate the cargo in the cargo compartment. A wrong solution of these problems can cause damage to the structure of the aircraft and even cause to a plane crash.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

15. The total weight of the cargo together with the packing equipment and accessories amounted to 115 tons.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

16. Preparation for the transportation of the impeller, which was about 6 meters in diameter, was conducted six months.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

17. The length of the cargo compartment “Ruslan” is 36.5 m, width 6.4 m, height 4.4 m.
4 Mi-8 helicopter, subway car, or even some large aircrafts can fit here.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

18. The aircraft is equipped with loading and unloading, mooring equipment and on-board mobile bridge cranes.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

19. The system for the loading cargoes weighing up to 120 tons consists of elevated roads, rail systems and navigation elements, moving on a rail system. Rail system sets the direction and distributes the load.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

20. The work of technical teams. Staffing is 8 people. But due to the fact that there was performed a unique loading in St. Petersburg, additionally 6 more people were needed.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

21. After moving the impeller on the rack, cargo winch dragged into the cargo compartment of “Ruslan”.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

22. The loading lasted nearly 10 hours.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

23. Ready for takeoff!A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

24. The cabin crew of AN-124.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

25. “Ruslan” Crew consists of 8 people: Commander, Assistant Commander, Navigator, senior engineer, flight engineer on CS, radio operator, two operators of loading and unloading operations.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

26. The control wheel steering of the largest serial aircraft on the planet.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

27. The engine control leverA Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

28. «Ruslan» is the first Soviet aircraft equipped with on-board automated system which checks the work of all units, as well as ensures that if the crew performed “Manual operation of flight”
A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

29. Automation determines the maximum allowable take-off weight, depending on the airport, protecting the aircraft from entering to the supercritical regimes.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

30. The aircraft has two decks. The lower deck is a cargo, the top-flight deck and the passenger compartment.

The airplane provides 18 places for rest of the crew members and the members of the engineering team – 6 seats in the front cabin and 12 in the back one.

*Fasten seat belts*A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

31. Communication of the passenger cabin to the cockpit.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

32. The flight was carried out with two landings in Nizhnevartovsk and Yakutsk. It was necessary for refueling and crew rest.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

33. The total length of the route was 6500 km.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

34. The first landing in Nizhnevartovsk.
A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

35. After each landing it was necessary to make an inspection of the aircraft.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

36.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

37.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

38. The aircraft refueling time is in the range from half an hour to one and a half days, and the number of required refueling ranges from 5 to 40 depending on their capacity.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

39. Maximum mass fueling limited to a maximum take-off weight of the aircraft. It is 212.3 tons.
Consumption at full load is 12.6 tons / hour.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

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42. Landing in YakutstkA Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

43. It happens that the airport has not an appropriate parking space for such a large aircraft, and it is put directly to the alternate runway.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

44.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

45. The final point of the route is Magadan.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

46. An unloading occurs in the same way as loading, just the opposite.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

47. The impeller is rolled out on the overpass in front of the aircraft.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

48.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

49. The transported impeller will be installed on the hydraulic unit №3 of Ust-Srednekanskaya HPP which is scheduled to be operational in 2018.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

50. “Ruslan” fly rarely in Russia . For example, this AN-124 after Magadan immediately flew to Japan.A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

A Sneak Peek into an AN-124 Ruslan, the World's Largest Aircraft

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