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A picture of a Russian Ilyushin IL-76 Cargo Plane taking off from Antarctica.

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Our Antonov An-26 Cargo plane on Sredney Island just 600 miles south of the North Pole
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Ilyushin IL-76.

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Another great shot by Curtis Lieber. 

This Ilyushin IL-76 is taking off from the Antarctic base camp.  Wing span 165' 8",   Length 152' 10 1/4",   Height 48' 5",   Wing area 3,229 sq. ft.,  Max take-off weight 374,785 lbs.,  Max speed 459 kts 528 mph.   Cursing speed 432 kts 497 mph.,   Take off speed 114 kts 131 mph.  Max altitude 50,850 feet,  Max Range with reserves 3,617 nm 4,163 miles.  Nato designation Candid.  This aircraft replaced the An-12.

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