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Antonov AN-124

Last updated Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:59:21 GMT
Originally posted on Sat, 09 Aug 2003 10:32:05 GMT

Todays's featured download is this wonderful Antonov AN-124 for FS2004.  The aircraft features night lighting, full moving parts and realistic reflective textures textures.  This is a must for any FS2004 enthusiast, and anyone with taste for the Russian Giants in particular.  The aircraft has been tested by the Fly Away team and is fully functional under FS2004 and works just great.

The Antonov AN-125 is a Russian designed strategic airlift jet aircraft. It was designed in the 1970s by a design firm named Antonov in the Former Soviet Republic of the Ukraine and is one of the largest serially manufactured cargo planes in the world.

Antonov AN-125s have also accomplished some pretty spectacular things for planes of their size: In May 1985 an AN-124 set a world read record by traveling 20,151 kilometers without refueling; and an AN-124 also carried a record 171,219 kilograms of cargo to an altitude of 2 kilometers, and a weight of 170,000 kilograms to an altitude of over 10 kilometers.

In 2005 an AN-124 was used to transport the Obelisk of Axum back home to Ethiopia from Rome after visiting for a museum exhibit, the task took three trips, with each trip having to carry a portion of the obelisk's total 160 ton weight and 24 meter length.

Antonov AN-124s have also assisted in the relief effort following the 2011 Tusnami in Japan where they transported two massive concrete pumps to Japan from Germany and the United States in order to help cool nuclear reactors when the Fukushima nuclear plant was damaged. All of these events help to convey the massive power contained with the Antonov AN-125 which will be at your disposal with this highly detailed model available in this free zip file from Fly Away Simulation.

You'll be able to bring it up to its service ceiling of 12 kilometers or streak around at its maximum speed of 467 knots (537 miles per hour). It's truly a beast of a plane at a length of 68.96 meters, and a wingspan of 73.3 meters; mounted with 4 Ivchenko Progress D-18T turbofan jet engine, producing 51 thousand pounds of thrust each. It's numbers like these that ensure that the Antonov AN-125 is one you're definitely going to want to give a try. Make sure to regularly check back at Fly Away Simulation for all the latest simulation and aviation news, as well as more awesome free downloads like this!

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Ian Stephens

About Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens is a flight simulation enthusiast also with a keen interest in aviation and technology.  Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available.  However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed. 

Ian has been writing for Fly Away Simulation for over 9 years.  Should you wish, you can contact Ian via email at ian.stephens@flyawaysimulation.com.

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