On board the "Ruslan"
• On board the "Ruslan"
At the airport Domodedovo hosted a meeting organized by the Russian group of companies "Volga-Dnepr" and Domodedovo airport within the framework of the annual meeting of the International Aviation Cargo Association (TIACA). "Volga-Dnepr" specializes in air freight.
We had a unique opportunity not only to look at the main cargo aircraft, but also to go on board of each of them.
We begin our journey with the most unique of these aircraft - the AN-124-100 "Ruslan".
"Ruslan" was created in the 80s and is the largest serial transport aircraft in the world by duty. For once the AN-124-100 can take away 150 tons of cargo.
In "Ruslan" two cargo doors, located in the nose and tail. Mechanized hatch called the ramp, respectively, the plane is called the ramp. Inside you can call directly from the platform. Much needed mechanism, given that in many places where flying AN-124, there is no necessary equipment for loading and unloading.
The aircraft is able to "squat" nose section for ease of loading.
Wheels have a lot of aircraft. As many as 24.
hatchways size corresponds to the size of the cargo compartment. This was done to facilitate the loading of bulky cargo. open hatch impressive views.
If you for some reason do not want to go through the door (for example, it is closed), you can use the door.
go inside. The huge space, which can accommodate a variety of loads: satellites, oil and gas equipment, KAMAZ trucks, going to the rally "Paris-Dakar", helicopters, subway cars. Once inside the AN-124-100 aircraft to transport even the Sukhoi Superjet 100. The wings and tail, of course, it had to temporarily disconnect.
It's time to get acquainted with the technical specifications. Today installed panel with a presentation for us.
Since almost all of the aircraft given for the transportation of goods, the crew is located on the second floor. The crew consists of six people, if long-haul flights, the crew size increased in one and a half or two times, is also on board can fly mechanics and other technical personnel. In complex missions aboard fly up to 20 people. For them, all the conditions, such as an office.
To sleep meant several compartment with beds. It is very important for the charter. One of the employees told me that he had visited about 150 countries.
In general, you can live a full life on board without having to leave it. The kitchen is, of course, too. Apparently, using products from different countries.
Using hospitality pass to the technical compartment. A pile wires, pipes, machinery.
Let's try to climb even higher, although we are so close to the ceiling. Fortunately for us, we are allowed to get into the hatch.
View a very unusual.
Look around. We are over the wing.
Once able to visit almost on the wing, it is time to try to get into the cockpit. It will have to go down again in the cargo hold and go up the other stairs, located in the nose of the aircraft. In the cockpit, a bunch of devices.
That's the place where sit the most important members of the crew, the skill of which depends the fate of the aircraft, cargo and many people.
A few of the crew members are at the exit. Thank you for the excursion!
Some stickers near the exit.