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Picture of one engine is started on this Antonov An-12 Cub at Sredney Island and the cargo plane is almost ready to depart.
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Picture  of a Russian Antonov An-12 Cub cargo airplane on Sredney Island in the Arctic Ocean
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We were standing, waiting for our plane to be fueled and this beautiful Antonov An-12 Cub Cargo plane on Sredney Island began starting its engines.   This was great!   The engines were relatively quiet and the plane was huge.  It started the engines one by one then started to taxi to the runway.  It took a long time to get to the end of the runway before the pilot started his final takeoff checks.  The engines revved up and the plane began to roll.  In only about thirty seconds the huge plane was off of the ground and headed for its, unknown to us, destination.   After a few minutes the plane was no longer visible but its smoke trail could be seen for a long time.  The huge turbine engines were an older design that emitted incredible amounts of smoke.  Definitely not good for either the environment or the military missions that this plane sometimes must accomplish.
Origin USSR Russia
Type Tactical Transport, Cargo, Electronic intelligence platform ('Cub-B') or ECM platform ('Cub-C/D')
Max Speed: 419 kt / 483 mph
Max Range 3,600 km / 2,237 mile
Cruise speed 670 km/h (361 knots, 415 mph)
Dimensions Wing Span 38.00 m / 124 ft 8.1 in length 33.10 m / 108 ft 7.1 in height 10.53 m / 34 ft 6.6 in
Weight empty 28,000 kg / 61,729 lb max. take-off 61,000 kg / 134,482 lb
Payload 20,000 kg (44,000 lb)
Powerplant 4- 2983-ekW (4,000-eshp) Ivchyenko AI-20K turboprops

The Antonov An-12 Cub was the Soviet Union's equivalent of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules: a military and civil transport aircraft of outstanding versatility and longevity. From the mid-1960s onwards there was not a single major event in the history of the Soviet Union where this formidable four-engined transport aircraft was not involved. Though the An-12 first flew as long ago as 1957, it is still in front-line service with many operators around the world to this day.

In 1981, the Chinese copy version of An-12 was named the Yun-8 (Y-8)






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