Ruslan planes are the largest in the world
After the Ruslan planes in 1985 and 1986years were exhibited at the traditional international Parisian air show, it became clear how much Soviet designers had advanced far in the creation of superheavy liners.
The serial versions of this high-profile have 405 tons of take-off mass and cruising speed - up to 850 km / h.
Ruslan planes considered to be the largestrepresentatives of military transport aviation around the world, developed in the OKB im. Antonova in Ukraine. The maximum range of their flights is sixteen and a half thousand kilometers.
To ensure the AN-124 as high as possiblespeed, the designers for the first time created a fairly thick wing with a swept shape with a flatter upper "arch". Aerodynamic perfection, which is considered one of the main characteristics of this liner, was obtained due to careful development of the tail fuselage, fairings of the chassis and wing fenders.
Far heavy military and transport aircraft"Ruslan" was originally intended for the transport of troops, regular armored vehicles and weapons, as well as for parachute landing of cargo. They can transport ballistic missiles, tanks and other heavy military equipment.
The Ruslan planes were built usingonly the most advanced technologies, but also composite materials. The complex of equipment, on-board automatic control systems for the technical condition of the systems, two power auxiliaries, electric generators and turbo pumps are designed to ensure autonomy when operating a high-level plan.
A few words about engines
Engines, which are equipped with airplanes Ruslan,have the ability for both separate start-up and, if necessary, simultaneous. In addition to manual control, each of them is equipped with an electronic system, using which the crew has the ability to approach the landing both in automatic and semiautomatic modes even in very bad weather.
To reduce the loss of aerodynamics withbalancing, the An-124 Ruslan aircraft is assembled in the rear range of alignments. For this, all the possibilities of modern automation and electronics were used.
By means of the automatic loading of the handwheelpractically friction was removed when the elevator was operated. This allows the crew to accurately fix its predetermined balancing position and fly all over the flight with one hand.
Developers paid much attention and conveniencewhen transporting goods. Ruslan planes are loaded quickly and conveniently. They can transport bridge structures and long-length farms, small river vessels and drilling equipment.
The An-124 cargo cabin has a length of thirty-six and a half, and a width of almost seven meters.
Self-propelled vehicles enter the front, andunloaded through the rear hatches. For stationary loads, a ten-ton bridge crane is used on board. It is interesting that when using a similar system, the cargo plane Ruslan performs squats, which specialists jokingly call the "elephant dance".
By the tradition already established in the design bureau of Antonov,the safety of An-124 flight became the most important task. Therefore, Ruslan planes have such power structures and propulsion system that they can continue to take off when one fails, a horizontal flight of two engines, and a landing without a motor.