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An-124 was created in the tradition of An-22 to be the largest transport aircraft in the world. It is larger than the C-5B Galaxy, but smaller than the An-225 Mriya (NATO named Cossack) which carries the Russian space shuttle. The first prototype (SSSR 82002, Number 318) flew on December 26, 1982. The wings are high-mounted, swept-back, and tapered with curved tips and negative slant. Four turbofans are mounted on pylons under the wings. The fuselage is a thick oval in cross-section with a rounded nose and tapering to the rear. The tail fin is swept-back and tapered with rounded tips. Flats are swept-back, tapered, and mid-mounted on the body.


Country of Origin Russia
RoleStrategic transport
Similar Aircraft C-5B Galaxy, C-17A Globemaster III
Wing Span 240 ft, 5 in (73.3 m)
Length 226 ft, 3 in (69 m)
Weight 405000 kg
Engine 4 - Lotarev D-18T, 229.9 kN thrust each
Maximum speed
Cruising speed 865 km/h
Range 16,500 km maximum range
4,500 km with maximum payload
Service Ceiling 12000 m
Payload88 passengers or cargo in a 36.5 m x 6.4 m x 4.4 m (1027.8 cu. m) cargo bay
Crew Six--seven with loadmaster
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