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Friday, January 12, 2007

Huge Russian Aircraft

Holy mackeral! This cargo giant can haul 44,000 tons of fish.

On Christmas day I did something different. I love driving around on December 25th. Everything is so calm and quiet. It's exciting to think, "I'm the only person out here."

So, what did I do? I picked up my dad and we drove out to the local airport, where I used to work. Everything was eerily silent, save for two strange men who, with a Ford Lightning pickup, were illegally dumping a load of garbage into one of the airport's giant trash bins.

I didn't care. I was just glad they weren't dumping their stuff on conservation land. I climbed up on that same giant garbage dumpster to get a better look at the beheomoth that was the reason for our visit.

There, sitting on the runway, was a monster larger than a C-5 Galaxy. At one time, not very long ago, it was the largest plane in the world. It's the Antonov 124, and it has been coming to our local airport once a week for over 10 years.

Wheels galore. A total of 24 to be exact.This Russian cargo plane is incredible to say the least. Inside, it lifts its elephantite cargo with overhead cranes, and has a maximum take-off weight of nearly one million pounds. The known cargo carried by the Antonov is equally impressive. In the past 5 years, it has transported a 109-ton locomotive, a whale, other aircraft, and at our little airport it was loaded with 14 fully modified Ambulances destined for Saudi Arabia.

Propelled by four massive Lotarev D-18 turbofans, it's maximum speed is just over 500 mph. Think about that for a second. It can carry the largest mammal on earth at twice the speed of a lightweight, whale-less* F-1 car.

Try hitching a trailer of wet sod to your Lamborghini Gallardo and seeing how fast you can go. I bet it's not very fast. Also, Lamborghini doesn't recommend attaching a trailer hitch to their exquisite, high-performance products.

As huge as the 124 is, there is a plane even larger, also built by those persistent (obsessed) Russian engineers. It's the Antonov 225, originally designed to carry the Russian space shuttle. Whoa.

*provided Rosie O'Donnel isn't driving


Blogger Rainypete said...

Finally. Someone invented a plane capable of hauling my lunches!

11:54:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

But not your dessert, eh?

4:26:00 PM

Blogger Chana said...

not only are you kind but you are so sweet. thank your for caring about me honey. i'm trying to fight back. my body is taking a beating. lungs are better but kidney is now bleeding and in pain. see lung specialist on wed. another step forward. i'm not drowing or chocking anymore and that is huge. i gave up on monday but started fighting back on tuesday. i have too many blessings to give up, like my 5 kids. but i tell you, it feels good to know that i have friends that really do care for me too. God Bless that. a great blessing and gift. can read posts when i'm strong for i can turn laptop but it hurts to sit up and type. know i have not forgotten you and enjoy your beautiful blog so much. your wife is a beauty. nice wedding pics. take care, hope your back is stable and improving. miss blogging and miss my friends. i will be back soon.

7:49:00 PM

Blogger ms. creek said...

hey, that was a really rude comment about "whale-less*"!!!

it looks really extrordinare...i had no idea there were aircrafts capable of carrying such loads. and you got to see it! can i have your autograph?

10:31:00 AM

Blogger Aims said...

That is one hell of a plane!

12:52:00 PM

Blogger SJ said...

Oh wow thats awesome.

You have to check my latest post BTW.

7:50:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Sorry Ellie. I was expecting some people to find offence in that comment, but was also hoping they'd find some humour, especially if they dislike Ms. O'Donnell.

She is a massive plane for sure, and I'm glad it did not roll over my toes.

10:21:00 AM

Blogger honkeie2 said...

Hell, I thought that was Rosie's private jet.....

12:12:00 PM

Blogger K said...

LOLOLOL....funny Rosie remark. Good times. :)

1:34:00 PM

Blogger patti_cake said...

Provided Rosie O'Donnell isn't driving. Oh you are ba-a-a-ad!

8:10:00 PM


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