Antonov An-22 Antaeus RA-09309
Photographed on 21 August 2009 on static display at Zhukovsky, near Moscow, during the MAKS 2009 Exhibition and Air Show.
This was the world's largest aircraft, until the advent of the American C-5 Galaxy, and later the Soviet An-124. Powered by 4 contra-rotating turboprops, the design remains the world's largest turboprop-powered aircraft. It first appeared outside the Soviet Union at the 1965 Paris Air Show.
The An-22 follows traditional cargo transport design with a high-mounted wing allowing a cavernous cargo space of 33 m in length and a usable volume of 639 m³. The forward fuselage is fully pressurized and provides space for 5 to 8 crew and up to 28 passengers, but the cargo space is pressurized to only 3.55 PSI/0.245 bar allowing for a lighter airframe. A door equipped pressure bulkhead is located at frame 14, separating the cargo attendant's compartment from the main cargo compartment. This allows the rear cargo doors to be opened during flight for dropping paratroops and equipment. Like the An-12, the aircraft has a circular fuselage section. The An-22 has set a number of payload and payload-to-height world records.
Engines: 4 x Kuznetsov NK-12MA turboprops driving contra-rotating propellers, 11,030 kW (15,000 shp) each.
NATO reporting name "Cock".
Picture added on 28 August 2009 at 12:36