N22YF From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 19936 times:
Someone was looking for pictures of this aircraft about a week ago. Here they are:
And here's some info:
"The development of the KR-860 project (KR stands for Kryl'ya Rossii, which is Wings of Russia) had started in the early 1990s. Mikahil Simonov mentioned this project as a very important and perspective for the future of the Design Bureau. However this thought isn't being shared by everybody. Many NATO think that the project is unperceptive because of high cost and reliability of the engines. They said that Sukhoi should co-operate more deeply with western companies to turn the KR-860 into production.
The project was first presented in France. In august 1999, general constructor said that if it will be turn into international project then we will see the KR-860 in the skies within 2-3 years.
The airplane weights about 650 tons (An-225 is 600 tons) with a total capacity of 860-1000 passengers of different classes. The cost of the program was estimated at about 93 billions of euro. Each passenger airliner is worth about 186 millions of euro. According to Airbus Industry, there is a big market for such aircraft all over the world (over 1500 airliners).
To this time, only Russia itself needs about 300 of those aircrafts as a heavy cargo transporters. KR-860 is capable of carrying over 300 tons of cargo. One such aircraft would cost 130-140 millions of euro. Serial production can be done at Kazan Aviation Enterprises. It also can be used at Europe - Asia airlines."
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2457 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 19832 times:
N22YF, probably the best thing to do is to just link the jpg image as you would with any website from Airliners.net, so everyone can see just by click on it. In other words, just put the "<" and ">" at both ends of the http link. You probably know all this already, but just remember to include the "http://", or it won't work.
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 19820 times:
WOW...what an aircraft! It looks like it borrows some influence from the AN124 Ruslan, especially around the nose area and engines. FOLDING WINGS??? WOW.
I wonder what it will take to get this thing going, especially given the difficulties Russian commercial aviation is facing presently. Does anyone know which companies besides Sukhoi are involved in the project?
Samurai 777 From Canada, joined Jan 2000, 2457 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 19798 times:
Sorry, I didn't realize you had those pics in your server all this while! I tell you, this is an interesting design - it does look like it was based somwhat on the An-124 Ruslan freighter, especially on the nose!
I bet that if this thing was built, which is doubtful, it would be longer than the A340-600(longest fuselage of any airliner at about 248 feet)! Maybe the wingspan would be even greater than the 747-400! Looks like they took the idea of the folding wings from the original 777 concept*.
*Boeing did design the 777 originally with folding wings, but they never put them on any existing 777 due to the extra cost and weight penalty.
I've got to admit, the Russians still haven't lost the will to look towards the future, even in light of its current economic situation.