Antonov An-22A at Amsterdam IAP,
The door opens and groundcrew get to work. The An-22 always seem to travel with a large crew, but also
seem to be equipped with manpower and equipment to do every job wherever !|
Next to the door is also the APU, which produced a LOT of noise in itself !
The door led thru a passageway to the cavernous cabin; upon the arrival many enthusiasts climbed on board, only to find many crewmembers changing clothes for a night on the town ! It must have been a short night, as departure was scheduled only 15 hours later
|While UR-09307 arrived emtpy on both occasions (15Apr and 20Apr), it brought a large towbar and stairs on which the engineers could work on the engines should there be such need.|
The aftramp can fold down so cargo can be driven in or hoisted on board. Being so low to the ramp is a great
advantage esspecially on airports with primitive resources.|
When the aircraft departed, it performed a pushback with the engines not yet started and the ramp down, so
the towbar could be brought onboard.
UR-09307 returned to Schiphol to pickup a helicopter, which had been flown in on KLM Cargo. It was expected on wednesday, was delayed
to saturday, only to be delayed again to sunday... It arrived at noon and was scheduled to depart at 18:00, but loading was completed
much mor equickly and departure was advanced to 3 pm. Only to await the towcart (and rain !) for the (silent) pushout, at 4 pm.
When the towbar was loaded thru the rearramp, the NOISE began...!! Hours after the An-22A had left, the ringing in my ears continued... Click here for a larger image and return by using your "back"-button.
Antonov Airlines (ADB, Gostomel) has resumed commercial An-22 operations following the return to service of UR-09307 (cn 043481244) late last month.
The Antonov Design Bureau (Gostomel) subsidiary says the freighter was recently returned to a state of airworthiness following a protracted period in storage.
Though the 42 year-old turboprop did return to the skies as early as February, its first commercial flight - Gostomel to Leipzig/Halle - only took place on June 30.
Antonov Airlines says it decided to resume An-22 operations following strong interest in the type's capabilities from customers around the world.
Equipped with four Kuznetsov NK-12MA powerplants each driving a pair of contra-rotating propellers, the An-22 is the world's largest turboprop-powered aircraft. Originally designed for the Soviet military, it
is capable of ferrying loads of 60 tonnes up to 5,000 kilometres.
The Ukrainian out-sized freight specialist also operates two An-12s, one An-26, one An-74T, seven An-124s, two An-148-100s, and one An-225.
Four years later
after this 2003 visit, UR-09307 returned to Amsterdam IAP: visit May 2007
A good link for An-22 construction number list
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Ilyushin 18s at Sharjah, april 2000.
An-8 & An-12 at Sharjah