AN-124 Ruslan is the biggest serial-produced airplane in the world. Volga-Dnepr Airlines

There is a lot of giants flying across the sky. Sections for heavyweight aircrafts transport multi-ton drilling equipment, aggregates, machinery and equipment If then there is no provision for help.
AN-124 Ruslan is rightly considered to be the leader among the sky trucks. It is the world's largest serial-produced cargo aircraft. Airlines Volga-Dnepr Airlines is a major operator of AN-124.
This June I have seen the unique transportation. Ruslan delivered a 100-ton hydrosturbine wheel for Ust-Srednekanskaya hydro power plant from St. Petersburg. Petersburg to Magadan.
Russian version:
1.AN-124 Ruslan was created primarily to transport ICBM launchers. The prototype of the prototype took place in Kiev on December 24, 1982.

2.For example, it was a dump truck "Euclid" dump truck from Euglistok to Polyarny (Yakutia) in 1985 on the prototype of the Ruslan. The machine was delivered in two flights.

3.The size of the aircraft is 69 meters.

4.If we take the Airbus A320 as a basis, the AN-124 is two times longer.

5.The aircraft is 21 meters height, as a 7-storey building.

6.The wingspan is 73 meters. It equals, for example, the Moscow Red Square.

7.Later, AA-124 became the AN-225 Mriya's brainchild AN-225 in terms of characteristics combination. The volume of the cargo compartment is 43 meters (versus 36.5 meters of AN-124). However, Mriya was created as a special purpose aircraft and was released in a single prototype. (See the report about Mriya:
Two aircraft factories - in Ulyanovsk and Kiev - produced 56 AN-124 aircrafts in total.

8.It allows the AN-124 to be able to carry cargoes.

9.The aircraft is equipped with four D-18T engines.
At take-off mode, each engine develops a thrust of 23.4 tons (230 kN). It is 93.6 tons (920 kN). It can be assumed that it takes about 12,500 horsepower!

10.The maximum speed of the aircraft is 865 km per hour. Operational range is 4500 km, ferry range - 16500 km.

11.It is a cargo ship on the AN-124.

12.It’s in some stages with the remote control. First, the locks of the nose section open. It is lowered. After that, the front landing gear is the “front landing gear rolls forward”

13.In June, 2016, Volga-Dnepr Airlines has delivered a hydroturbine wheel from St. Petersburg. Petersburg (where it was made) for Magadan for Ust-Srednekanskaya HPP.
The wheel was loaded at Pulkovo airport.

14.For the transportation of the wheel of the cargo compartment. Snowshoes are needed to navigate through the snow. It is also important to consolidate the goods in the cargo compartment (to tie up). Wrong solution and even cause a crash.

15.115 tons.

16.Transportation of the 6 meters in diameter wheel was prepared within six months.

17.The length of the Ruslan’s cargo compartment is 36.5 m, width - 6.4 m, height - 4.4 m.
It can accommodate four Mi-8 helicopters, a subway car or even a Sukhoi Superjet 100 (certainly, without wings and tail). Angara-class carrier configuration

18.The aircraft is equipped with mobile cranes.

19.Up to 120 tons consists of a ramp, a rail system, and a rail system. The ramp serves as a continuation of the cargo compartment floor. The rail system sets the direction and distributes the load.

20.Technical team's work. There is a unique loading in the staff. Petersburg, 6 more people were involved.

21.After moving the wheel on the ramp, it was dragged into a truck.

22.Loading took almost 10 hours.

23.Ready for takeoff!

24.AN-124 flight crew's cockpit.

25.Assignment of the commander, assistant commander, air navigator, radio operator

26.Serially produced aircraft in the world.
The aircraft is under power-operated control, i. e. can not be controlled manually. Therefore quadruple redundancy is applied. The system consists of rigid rods and ropes.

27.Power lever.

28.It was followed by the “Aircraft Flight Manual.”

29.It depends on the aircraft’s transport conditions.

30.The aircraft has two decks. The lower deck is cargo; The upper deck consists of the cockpit and passenger compartment. Thus, it is impossible to pass the cockpit from the passenger compartment because of the separation of the cockpit.
- 6 seats in the cabin and 12 in the back one.

31.Communication between the cabin and the cockpit.

32.There were two landings while the hydroturbine wheel was transported - in Nizhnevartovsk and Yakutsk. It was necessary for refuses and crew rest.

33.The total route length to 6500 km.

34.The first landing in Nizhnevartovsk.

35.The plane was inspected after every landing.

36.Ruslan has a unique tow bar (pushback tug). It is carried out.


38.The number of fuel tankers depends on their capacity.

39.The maximum weight of the fueling is limited to a 212.3 tons.
12.6 tons per hour. Thus, it is possible to enter 17 tons per hour.

40.Reflling Panel
During the refueling of the aircraft among the aircraft tanks. In the photograph you see the opening of the fuel tank valves. Fuel quantity indicator is at the bottom.

41.The aircraft has a system of refueling through four necks located in the main landing gear pods. It is also possible to refuel through two wings, located on the upper parts of the wings.

42.Landing in Yakutsk.

43.It happens sometimes that it is not possible to enter the alternate runway.

44.Commander's welcome.

45.The final route point - Magadan.

46.Unloading happens in the reverse way.

47.The wheel of the aircraft

48.Then the cranes partially dismantled packaging equipment, which was mounted on the wheel. Thereafter, the aircraft was dragged away by a pushback tug, and it flew. The wheel was raised on jacks, and the trailer drove under it. Then it’s necessary to disperse the rest of the equipment.

49.The hydroturbine wheel transported by Volga-Dnepr is the hydraulic component No. 3 of the Ust-Srednekanskaya HPP, which has been designed for the hydraulic system.

50.In Russia Ruslans fly not very often. For example, this very AN-124 immediately flew to Japan after Magadan.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines is one of the largest operators of Ruslans in Russia. Its fleet comprises 12 An-124-100 aircrafts.
Flight geography covers 190 countries and more than 1300 airports. On average, each year the airline performs 1200 flights (about 33000 flights for 25 years), carrying about 60000 tons of cargo per year.

51.Demand for Ruslan's services is stable. For example, it has been the AN-124. Except for Ruslan can perform.

52.If you are a customer, then you can be transported by AN-124.
Once Volga-Dnepr Airlines transported the equipment for the gold mining industry from Ostrava (Czech Republic) to Nairobi (Kenya). The equipment is a huge 50-ton semi-rings. Ruslan cargo compartment. When loading the gaps between the equipment and the contour of the cargo compartment was only 77 mm!

53.Some examples of unusual transportation:
- In May 1989, they were hailed from London to Moscow;
- In May 1992 Ruslan transported 52 tons of gold in the amount of 230 pounds sterling from United Arab Emirates to Switzerland;
- In 1993, Michael Jackson transported 10 tons of stage equipment on three AN-124 to Moscow.
- In 1997, the first episode of "Star Wars" was shipped from London to Tunis;
- 68 animals are among the AN-124 which flew from Prague to Indonesia in 1997. The Air Zoo consisted of the crocodiles, pygmy hippopotamus, zebra and 4 giraffes.

54.Made in the Soviet years, Ruslan is still conquering the sky.Ulyanovsk aircraft plant “Aviastar-SP” extends their flight worth.
The capacity of AN-124-100 was increased by 30 tones. Ruslan is 50 thousand flight years.

55.However, air carriers will often be charged massively.

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