The Antonov An-124 is a large military transport aircraft developed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. It is powered by six turbofan engines and designed to deliver heavy cargo, equipment and personnel. With its ability to carry up to 150 tons of cargo over short distances, it can be used for many purposes from humanitarian relief efforts to commercial freight deliveries.

1986 to: 2004
US$80 million
4x 4 × Ivchenko Progress D-18T turbofans
51,600 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
467 knots
865 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
140 knots
Travel range:
8,900 Nautical Miles
16,483 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
0.09 nautical mile / gallon
0.044 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
39,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1300 feet / minute
6.60metre / second
Take Off Distance:
3000 metre - 9,842.40 feet
Landing Distance:
900 metre - 2,952.72 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
405,000 Kg
892,863 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
136,078 Kg
299,998 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
92,130 gallon
348,749 litre
Baggage Volume:
33 m3 / 1,165 ft3
Seats - Economy / General:
88 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
4.4 metre - 14.44 feet
Cabin Width:
6.4 metre - 21.00 feet
Cabin Length:
36 metre - 118.11 feet
Exterior Length:
69.1 metre - 226.70 feet
Tail height:
21.08 metre - 69.16 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
4.7 metre - 15.42 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
73.3 metre - 240.48 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

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The Antonov An-124 is a huge cargo aircraft that can hold up to 150,000 pounds of cargo. It was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Soviet Union and has been used for over 28 years. The need for such an airplane came about as a result of Russia’s involvement in Afghanistan during the 1980s where they found themselves transporting supplies from one end of the country to another. They needed something big enough to carry these supplies but also capable of operating on unpaved roads and airfields with rough terrain conditions, which led them to design and build this aircraft.
The Antonov An-124 is still being used today despite its age due to its ability to operate efficiently under difficult circumstances, while carrying large payloads across continents.

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