Deaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1432 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 12065 times:
Ok so i am spotting in new delhi, and i see this strange looking plane coming at me with four trails of smoke bellowing out of the back. Suddenly i take a picture and realise that it is a gold plane!!!
It has "NATIONAL PAINT" written on it. No registration visible, can anyone tell me if i am lucky to see it and what it is and who is belongs to.
No clue what aircraft it is. Please tell me!
I want every single airport and airplane in India to be on A.net!
Connies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 12009 times:
It's an Ilyushin Il-18 (NATO reporting name "CANDID"), manufactured in the former USSR from the late 1950s to (I think) early 1970s. Basically a medium-range turboprop airliner. Also used as the basis for a maritime patrol a/c, whose reporting name escapes me exactly right now, but I think might be "COOT".
These a/c were exported extensively to Comecon countries, also throughout the Middle East & Africa. Basically in the same class as the Electra & Vanguard. The Britannia was about the same size but had much longer legs.
Vimanav From India, joined Jul 2003, 1536 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4600 times:
The aircraft is EX-601 (cn 185008601) an IL18 which first flew in OCT 1965. Though I dont know when it was converted into National Paints gold livery, it has been with a Kyrgyz Airline called Anikay Air since JAN05 and operates as a convertible with either 120 pax or freighter configuration. Before that it was for some time with Phoenix Aviation, an airline that was blacklisted by EU authorities for poor safety standards. The airplane comes to DEL regularly from Bishkek on THU and sometimes SAT. Its presently in DEL parked on bay no. 84 and is handled by IC.
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