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Old 03-03-2014, 01:51 PM   #15
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I watched the Anatov designed AN-225 land twice, in Fairbanks back in 2006. First time when I was driving by Eielson Air Force Base and then several hours later when he landed at Fairbanks International to refuel. From what I was told, it was on a charter to haul Swedish military equipment from Eilson back to Sweden that had been used to support Swedish troops there for joint cold weather training.

It flew over the campground where I was staying, on his final approach into FIA for refueling for the trip back over the pole, headed back to Russia. The shadow cast by that plane was enormous. It was so huge, while in the air, it gave the impression of almost standing still. Wish I had a smart phone with video that day but didn't.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:02 AM   #16
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It was so huge, while in the air, it gave the impression of almost standing still. Wish I had a smart phone with video that day but didn't.

That was my impression when I saw my first C-5 Galaxy taking off when I was in Lackland AFB for Boot in 1976. That bird was huge! And to think it's small potatoes compared to this Russky behemoth!
One of the disaster movies a few years back had a CGI version of this aircraft used by some survivors to try to reach safety - it was filled with a bunch of rare expensive collectors cars. The plane crashed and the cars were all destroyed..... Glad it was just pixels on the screen.
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:56 PM   #17
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I've crawled all over a number of Russian/Soviet aircraft. Although this looks a bit better in quality, I would not have taken the others around the traffic pattern, much less anywhere else...they were junk.
I guess can't say because I don't know. But, traditionally Russian aircraft have had a reputation of being tough as nails. And, lets not forget there space program always seems to do better them ours. I'm not knocking our stuff, I'm just trying to give credit where credit is due.
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Hi All,
I guess I am partial to the C5-B.I was the paint and trim supervisor over the build of all 50 of the B models at Lockheed in Marietta,Ga. It was a super aircraft although it hardly compared to the size of this thing.I would love to see this one.Take care all.
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