The video in this post features a crosswind landing performed by a massive Antonov An-124 and is definitely one the craziest landing ever filmed.
According to the video description “At first the Antonov An-124 of Volga Dnepr which arrived empty from Moskau appeared like a normal landing but immediately after the front gear touched the ground the main gear went up again and due to the crosswind it floated slowly to the right. Although many pilots probably would have initiated a go around the AN-124 crew just didn’t care and placed the main gear on the ground.
“Watching an Antnonv An-124 in action is always a pleasure but seeing such an interesting maneuver makes it even more amazing.”
The An-124 Ruslan, the world’s biggest serial production aircraft, was first manufactured over 30 years ago for the long-range transportation of super heavy and oversize cargo.
In 1992, the civil modification of the An-124-100 received its Airworthiness Certificate from the Interstate Aviation Committee and subsequently created a whole new sector in the global air cargo and logistics industry for the commercial transportation of heavyweight and outsize air cargo.
The An-124-100 Ruslan freighter’s transportation capabilities – including payload size, cargo compartment volume, operating range, and the availability of ramp loading without the requirement for special loading devices – enables Volga-Dnepr Airlines to provide previously ‘impossible’ solutions for single pieces of cargo up to 120 tons in weight.
Today, the An-124 is recognized as the leading aircraft in its specialist field of operation, providing fast and reliable logistics services for customers in such industry sectors as heavy engineering, oil and gas, automotive and aerospace. It also serves the requirements of international humanitarian aid agencies and governments all over the world.
Currently there are just three civil Antonov An-124 operators worldwide, Antonov Design Bureau, Maximus Air and Volga Dnepr Airlines.