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SwissAir A-340

SwissAir A-340

Originally uploaded by boxav8r

We passed this jet just south of Moscow on Sep. 12, 2008. Beautiful viz and a relatively smooth ride!

September 12th, 2008 Posted by | Aviation Photography, Travel | no comments

Russian Airplane Video

Shot some stills and even managed a little video of an Antonov AN-22 Antheus today.  Put the Russian Nat’l Anthem to it because I could… don’t read anything into it. :) It held the distinction as the largest airplane in the world from 1965 to 1969 when the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy came into service. It was a very big airplane, and it seemed to take as long as any I’ve ever seen to get off that runway. Once it did, it certainly didn’t ‘leap’ into the air. A very lumbering, cumbersome, lazy climb. From the start of the takeoff roll until it rotated was more than 40 seconds. I edited down for time, and because it took so long I was unable to maintain focus over the 3 miles or so distance as the aircraft climbed away. The final ‘still’ is pulled from the video on departure.

Some of the other stills you’ll see are of the MMi-8 “Hip” helicopter, IL-76, and the TU-154 “727-ski”… a very close cousin of the Boeing 727!

Thanks for watching! I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments.

September 12th, 2008 Posted by | Photos, Travel | no comments

MI-8 Hip

, originally uploaded by boxav8r.

An MI-8 Hip. This one has a UN paint scheme on it.

The designation Mi-17 is for export; Russian armed forces call it Mi-8MT. The Mi-17 can be recognized because it has the tail rotor on the port side instead of the starboard side, and dust shields in front of the engine intakes. Engine cowls are shorter than on the TV2 powered Mi-8, not extending as far over the cockpit, and an opening for bleed-valve outlet is present forward of the exhaust.

General characteristics

* Crew: Three – two pilots and one engineer
* Capacity: 32 passengers or 4,000 kg (8,800 lb) on internal/4,500
kg (10,250 lb) external hardpoints.
* Length: 18.42 m (60 ft 5 in)
* Rotor diameter: 21.352 m (69 ft 10 in)
* Height: 4.76 m (15 ft 7 in)
* Disc area: 356 m² (3,830 ft²)
* Empty weight: 7,100 kg (15,700 lb)
* Loaded weight: 11,100 kg (24,470 lb)
* Max takeoff weight: 13,000 kg (28,700 lb)
* Powerplant: 2× Klimov TV3-117VM turboshafts, 1,450 kW (2225 shp) each


* Maximum speed: 250 km/h (156 mph)
* Range: 950 km (594 miles)
* Service ceiling 6,000 m (19,690 ft)
* Rate of climb: 8 m/s (1,575 ft/min)
* Disc loading: 31 kg/m² (6 lb/ft²)
* Power/mass: 0.26 kW/kg (0.16 hp/lb)

* Fuel consumption: 600 kg/h (1,320 lb/h)


* up to 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) of disposable stores on six hardpoints, including bombs, rockets, and gunpods.

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Tupolev TU-154

, originally uploaded by boxav8r.

An Uzbeki Airlines jet on the ramp near us. Lovingly referred to as the “727ski” for its strong resemblance to the Boeing 727!

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Yangtze River Express

, originally uploaded by boxav8r.

This was on the ground next to us in Shanghai. It’s actually 3 photos stitched together!

Boeing 747-400

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Great Wall

, originally uploaded by boxav8r.

And a few minutes later we saw part of the Great Wall!

This is from about 33000 feet.

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Olympic Stadium 2008

, originally uploaded by boxav8r.

Whilst flying over Beijing yesterday morning (9-11-08) we were able to get a good view of the Olympic venues! If you recognize any of the other venues besides the main stadium (Bird’s Nest) please feel free to point them out! Thanks. PilotPete

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