Antonov An-124 "Condor" General
Aircraft
Antonov An-124
Type
Large Transporter
NATO Reporting Name
"Condor"


Antonov An-124 Program Milestones
First Flight
December 26, 1982
Introduction
1986
Distance Record
May 1987
Payload - Height Record
July 1985

Antonov An-124 Aircraft Dimensions
Wing Span
240 feet 5 inch (73,30 m)
Length
226 feet 3 inch (68,96 m)
Height
68 feet 2 inch (20,78 m)
Wing Area
6.760 square feet

Antonov An-124 Weights
Empty Weight
385.000 lb (175.000 kg)
Maximum Take-off Weight
893.000 lb (405.000 kg)
Payload
508.000 lb (230.000 kg)

Antonov An-124 Performance
Normal Cruise Speed
500 mph (800 km/h)
Maximum Cruise Speed
537 mph (865 km/h)
Ceiling
35.000 feet (12.000 m)
Range
2.900 nautical miles


Powerplants
Four Lotarev D-18T turbofan engines power the An-124 each producing 51.600 lb of thrust giving it the aircraft such enormous power.

Armament
The An-124 has no armament of any kind.

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Antonov An-124 General Information

At the time the Antonov An-124 commenced its first flight on December 26 1982, it was the largest aircraft in the world. At the start of the design, knowledge gained from the already succesuful Lockheed C5 Galaxy was used and apart from its lower mounted horizontal stabilizer the An-124 has some major similarities with it.

The Antonov 124 is powered by four Lotarev D-18T turbofan engines and are installed two-by-two underneath its huge wings. Although the aircraft looks a bit lumbering it in fact has an impressive short field capability due to its large flaps and full span leading edge slats. Another thing many would remember after seeing this giant is its 20 wheel main landing gear which allows the aircraft to use rough strips and airfields. The retractable nose gear consists of two struts each carrying two wheels and are capable of retracting on the ground in order to facilitate loading or unloading of freight. The An-124 is operated by a crew of six and consists of two pilots, two flight engineers, one navigator and one radio operator. On the upper deck aft of the wing the aircraft can accomodate up to 88 passengers. The main cargo hold is 118 feet long and is fully pressurized and equipped with two electrically powered cranes that can lift a maxiumum load of 20.000 kg into position.

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After its introduction in 1986, the An-124 set several world records. In 1987 the aircraft covered a distance of 20.151 km without having to refuel. Total flight time was 25 hours and 30 minutes while the aircraft took of with a take-off weight of 455.000 kg. In July 1985 the An-124 took a total load of 171.219 kg up to an altitude of 10.750 m. Before the introduction of the Airbus A380, the Antonov An-124 was the largest aircraft in the world mass produced.

Besides being in service with both Aeroflot and the Soviet Air Force, the An-124 is commonly leased by Western companies in order to carry mostly outsized cargo. Some of its most impressive performances were the transport of an EP-3E Aries II electronic intelligence aircraft and a 110-tonne train locomotive from Canada to Ireland back in 1994. Volga Dnepr, one of the largest An-124 operators, has contracts with Boeing to ship outsized cargo like the massive GE-90 turbofan engine, used on the Boeing 777, to their plant in Everett.

The flight crew of the An-124 consists of a total of six members that include two pilots, two flight engineers, one navigator and one radio operator. Furthermore, the aircraft is capable of accomodating up to 88 passengers in a cabin located behind the wing on the upper deck.

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