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UK-76428 IL76 of Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan's IL76 UK-76428 landing at Ostend, after an 8 hrs flight from Tashkent.

TECHNICAL INFO

length : 46.59m
wingspan : 50.50m
mtow : 170t (T) 190t (TD)
speed : 850 km/u
range : 6.500 km
payload : 43 45 ton
The Ilyushin 76 page
ONCE AN COMMON VIEW AT OSTEND

Once the former Soviet-Union came to its end, the workhorse of the Ilyushin family became a very common visitor at Ostend.

Compagnies as Dvin Air, Mahan Air, Ukraine Cargo Airways, Volare, Volga Dnepr, could be seen frequently at our airport. The national airline of Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan Airlines (UZB) were flying  a regular cargo service Tashkent-Oostende. Air Charter Service (ACS) was also operating several services from Ostend with a leased IL76.

Unfortunately the the ban of all cat- II jets, was putting an end to these operations. IL76's are now just a memory in Ostend.

SOME MORE TECHNICAL DATA

Similar in appearance to the U.S. C141, the IL76 is superior in many aspects.

It made its first flight on 25 march 1971 and came to the Paris Airshow that same year. It nickname was "Candid"

More than 900 airframes have been produced since then in Tashkent - Chkalowa (GAZ Nr84) or Moscow - Khodinka (GAZ Nr301)and today Ilyushin 76 aircraft are operated in almost every CIS state by hundreds of companies. The production line at this moment is dormant, but a new production of the MF version is still expected.

Some of the aircraft, presently used for air cargo traffic, are only 4 years old !

The aircraft with it's beautiful design can be easily loaded. It's payload is about 43 tons. It can operate from very poor runways. The runway and tarmac only need to be able to cope with a pressure of 6 kilos per cm to accommodate the IL76. The aircraft also can operate very autonomously. For example the crew can change an engine without help of an outsite crane or lift truck.

Together with the B707 freighter, the IL76 is certainly one of the best examples of legendary jets in the cargo world.

More Ilyushin 76 pictures are located on the IL76 slide page
Last updated 17/7/2003