Video shows Antonov An-124 cargo plane damaged during Russian invasion of Ukraine found at Hostomel airport
Posted on YouTube on April 2, 2022, the video for this article shows a damaged Antonov An-124 at Hostomel airport during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The aircraft featured in the clip is an An-124-100-150M and is registered in Ukraine with tail number UR-82009. The plane made its last flight on January 25 from Bourgas, Bulgaria to Hostomel Airport.
As happened with the An-225 Mriya (The Dream), the An-124 Ruslan (Lion-like) was damaged in the Battle of Antonov Airport (AKA Hostomel Airport), c It was a military engagement that took place at Hostomel airport during the kyiv Russian invasion offensive.
As reported by Airways Magazine, according to Antonov, planes destroyed at Hostomel airport include An-26, An-74, An-12, An-22, An-28, A132D, An-124-100-150 and An-225. Storage sheds are also left in ruins.
The An-124 Ruslan, the largest serial production aircraft in the world, was first produced more than 30 years ago for long-range transport of super-heavy and oversized cargo.
In 1992, the civil modification of the An-124-100 received its certificate of airworthiness from the Interstate Aviation Committee and subsequently created a whole new sector in the global air cargo and logistics industry for commercial transport heavy and oversized air cargo.
The transport capabilities of the An-124-100 Ruslan freighter – including the size of the payload, the volume of the cargo compartment, the operating range and the availability of ramp loading without the need for special loading devices – allow Volga-Dnepr Airlines to provide previously “impossible” solutions for single pieces of cargo weighing up to 120 tons.
Today, the An-124 is recognized as the leading aircraft in its specialized field of activity, providing fast and reliable logistics services to customers in industrial sectors such as heavy engineering, oil and gas, l automotive and aerospace. It also meets the requirements of international aid agencies and governments around the world.
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