The Antonov An-124 Ruslan (Russian: Антонов Ан-124 Руслан, lit. ’Ruslan’; NATO reporting name: Condor) is a large, strategic airlift, four-engined aircraft that was designed in the 1980s by the Antonov design bureau in the Ukrainian SSR, then part of the Soviet Union (USSR).
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Designed by the venerable Antonov design bureau for the Soviet military, the Antonov An-124 Ruslan (Russian: Антонов Ан-124 Руслан, lit. ’Ruslan’; NATO reporting name: Condor) is a strategic airlift military aircraft that remains one of the largest airplanes ever produced. It can carry around 150 tonnes of supplies, including 88 passengers in the aft cabin behind the wing section. Power is provided by four high bypass turbofan jet engines, each producing over 50,000 pounds of lift force.
The An-124 was the heaviest commercial airplane in mass production until it was surpassed by the Boeing 747-8F freighter in 2011. It is the largest military cargo airplane in service, and with a 20% larger cargo hold, the An-124 can haul more load than the Lockheed C–5 Galaxy military transport. Production of more An-124 stopped in 2014 due to ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia. However, the An-124 continues to operate flying missions for the Russian military and commercial cargo charters.
Fun fact: An-124s are used to transport finished Maglev trains from Germany to China.
The An-124 is one of the largest aircraft ever made.