The aircraft featured in the clip is an An-124-100-150M and is registered in Ukraine with tail number UR-82009. The aircraft flew its last flight on Jan. 25 from Burgas, Bulgaria to Hostomel Airport.
As happened with the An-225 Mriya (The Dream), the An-124 Ruslan (Lion-like) was damaged during the battle of Antonov Airport (AKA Hostomel Airport), that was a military engagement that took place in Hostomel Airport during the Kyiv offensive of the Russian invasion.
As reported by Airways Magazine, according to Antonov, aircraft destroyed at Hostomel Airport include An-26, An-74, An-12, An-22, An-28, A132D, An-124-100-150 and An-225. Storage hangars have also been left in ruins.
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.
Photo and video: AirLive
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