January 04, 2013
Annals of Extreme Takeoffs: Russian-Style
FunFacts from Wikipedia: "The Antonov AN-24 [Russian: Антонов Ан-24; NATO reporting name Coke] is a 44-seat twin turboprop transport designed and manufactured in the Soviet Union by the Antonov Design Bureau from 1957."
More? OK: "First flown in 1959, over 1,000 AN-24s were built and 880 are still in use worldwide, mostly in the CIS and Africa, with a total of 297 aircraft in airline service as of May 2010."
And: "The main production line was at the Kiev-Svyatoshin (now Aviant) aircraft production plant which built 985, with 180 built at Ulan Ude and a further 197 AN-24T tactical transport/freighters at Irkutsk."
My favorite: "Production was shut down by 1978."
Do the math: that was 35 years ago.
If you're at all afraid of flying, you might want to leave now — before clicking the link.
[via Joe Peach — who denies he was piloting the plane]
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Posted by: Flautist | Jan 5, 2013 1:42:24 PM
The Soviet/Russian aircraft industry has a reputation for building aircraft designed to take off from horrible locations (whereas the US/Europe demand FOD control to avoid the least bit of material getting into the engines even in the civilian fleet). The fighters often have the air intakes blocked and fed through upward gratings/vents during taxi/takeoff to avoid ingesting gravel.
Posted by: Scott | Jan 5, 2013 11:49:47 AM
sure would like to have the vodka concession at that airport
Posted by: sherlock | Jan 5, 2013 1:28:49 AM
Great Russian technology.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jan 4, 2013 1:24:34 PM
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