Video by RS source Chad Weidemann
Antonov 124 taking off from Rockford Airport (KRFD) around 10 pm.
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The Antonov 124 made 2 appearances at the Rockford Airport (KRFD) recently. One on Tuesday night and the other on Wednesday night.
They were FEMA flights carrying PPE. We know Tuesdays flight carried approx. 220 pallets and 150,000 pounds of medical supplies. Unknown on Wednesays flight. Approx. 9 semis were waiting on the ramp to transport the cargo. The Antonov-124 (FEMA flight) flew into the Rockford Airport to deliver some PPE to the USA.
The flights originated from Malaysia, to Japan, to Alaska and then to Rockford.
They used Rockford Airport because of the long runway and cheap landing fees.
The runway 7/25 is 10,002 x 150 ft. which is why the Antonov-124 flies into the Rockford Airport.
The last time an Antonov-124 was in Rockford, was back in 2017.
If you missed Tuesdays flight. You are in luck! Another Antonov-124 is scheduled to land at the Rockford Airport between 9 pm and 9:30 pm tonight! Tonight’s flight originated from Malaysia, to Japan, To Alaska and o Rockford. The same as last nights flight. We look forward to seeing everyone’s photos and videos again!
New estimated arrival time is approx. 8 PM.
Sources are reporting a pretty huge aircraft that is coming to the Rockford Airport tonight.
An Antonov-124 is expected to land at the Rockford Airport around 8:25 pm.
It is then expected to taxi over to the International terminal and parking on the ramp.
It is reported to be carrying medical supplies. It is a FEMA flight.
220 pallets and 150,000 pounds of medical supplies
The flight originated from Malaysia to Japan, To Alaska to Rockford.
We want to thank everyone who gave us the tips and sent us the photos and videos. You guys and gals rock!
Photos below by Brad Miller
The Antonov An-124 Ruslan (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-124 Руслан, lit. ‘Ruslan‘; NATO reporting name: Condor) is a strategic airlift quadjet. It was designed in the 1980s by the Antonov design bureau in the Ukrainian SSR, then part of the Soviet Union (USSR). Until the Boeing 747-8F, the An-124 was, for thirty years, the world’s heaviest gross weight production cargo airplane and second heaviest operating cargo aircraft, behind the one-off Antonov An-225 Mriya (a greatly enlarged design based on the An-124). The An-124 remains the largest military transport aircraft in current service. The lead designer of the An-124 (and the An-225) was Viktor Tolmachev.
During development it was known as Izdeliye 400 (Product #400) in house, and An-40 in the West. First flown in 1982, civil certification was issued on 30 December 1992. In July 2013, 26 An-124s were in commercial service with 10 on order.
In August 2014, it was reported that plans to resume joint production of the Antonov An-124 had been shelved due to the ongoing political tensions between Russia and Ukraine. The sole remaining production facility is Russia’s Aviastar-SP in Ulyanovsk. The various operators of the An-124 are in discussions with respect to the continuing airworthiness certification of the individual An-124 planes. The original designer of the An-124 is responsible for managing the certification process for its own products, but Russian/Ukrainian conflicts are making this process difficult to manage. Military operators are able to self-certify the airworthiness of their own aircraft, but Russian civil operators must find a credible outside authority for certification if Ukraine is unable or unwilling to participate in the process
Data from Jane’s all the World’s Aircraft 2006-07
- Crew: 6 (pilot, copilot, navigator, senior flight engineer (+flight engineer, radio man) + 2 loadmasters)
- Capacity: 88 passengers in upper aft fuselage, or the hold can take an additional 350 pax on a palletised seating system / 150,000 kg (330,693 lb)
- Length: 69.1 m (226 ft 8 in)
- Wingspan: 73.3 m (240 ft 6 in)
- Height: 21.08 m (69 ft 2 in)
- Wing area: 628 m2 (6,760 sq ft)
- Aspect ratio: 8.6
- Airfoil: TsAGI Supercritical
- Empty weight: 181,000 kg (399,037 lb)
- Gross weight: 214,000 kg (471,789 lb) maximum fuel weight
- Max takeoff weight: 402,000 kg (886,258 lb) *Maximum landing weight: 330,000 kg (727,525 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 348,740 l (92,130 US gal; 76,710 imp gal)
- Powerplant: 4 × Progress D-18T high-bypass turbofan engines, 229 kN (51,000 lbf) thrust each
- Cruise speed: 865 km/h (537 mph, 467 kn) max
- 800–850 km/h (500–530 mph; 430–460 kn) at FL 328-394 (32,800–39,400 ft (9,997–12,009 m) at regional pressure setting)
- Approach speed: 230–260 km/h (140–160 mph; 120–140 kn)
- Range: 3,700 km (2,300 mi, 2,000 nmi) with max payload
- 8,400 km (5,200 mi; 4,500 nmi) with 80,000 kg (176,370 lb) payload
- 11,500 km (7,100 mi; 6,200 nmi) with 40,000 kg (88,185 lb) payload
- Ferry range: 14,000 km (8,700 mi, 7,600 nmi) with max fuel and minimum payload
- Service ceiling: 12,000 m (39,000 ft) max certified altitude
- Wing loading: 640.1 kg/m2 (131.1 lb/sq ft)
- Thrust/weight: 0.23
- Take-off run (maximum take-off weight): 3,000 m (9,800 ft)
- Landing roll (maximum landing weight): 900 m (3,000 ft)
Photos and videos by several RS sources. Info from RS sources and wikipedia.
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