rwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2316 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3600 times:
There has been a months-long, slow-motion edit war going on Wikipedia that involves the An-124-100M-150. If you are interested in the details, see the history of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-124 although it's not really relevant to the question.
What exactly is the status of the -150? Information around the 'net is sketchy and mildly contradictory. One of the major features of the -150 over the base models is increased payload, and the issue is its ranking (in terms of size) relative to other large cargo aircraft, in particular the 748F.
Does this aircraft actually exist? And in a form where it can actually lift the advertised 150t? If it exists, has there been more than a single prototype produced? And is that prototype in actual use?
There are repeated mentions that there is a -150 in development, although I've not seen any reference to actual serial production. Even the Antonov site barely mentions the -150 in passing.
OTOH, there exist at least a few images of an aircraft with "-150" painted on the side.
aeroweanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1607 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3300 times:
Unfortunately, Wikipedia is now controlled by a bunch of prima donnas. I fought with them to correct the year of the first flight of the P-39 and finally gave up. While all they could cite was books based on second-hand knowledge, I cited a contemporary New York Times article and a book, based on first-hand information (the actual Wright Field daily log). This wasn't good enough for them.
rwessel From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2316 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3120 times:
Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
Isn't the An-124-100M-150 just an avionics upgrade to the An-124-100?
There is supposed to be a capacity upgrade as well: 150t of cargo vs. the 120t for the base -100. Or perhaps that's the proposed upgrade, maybe that's supposed to be called the An-124-150 (instead of An-124-100M-150), or...?
It really is confusing. Which is why I'm asking here...
There are repeated mentions of plans for an upgraded -150 (with the 150t capacity), but again, nothing I can see that actually claims an aircraft with that capacity exists.
OTOH, Volga-Dnepr is flying this aircraft, with -100M-150 rather obviously painted on the side,
But, in a later document, deliveries of 40 aircraft would start in 2011
July, 2008 Volga-Dnepr Group confirms its interest in An-124 again by placing an order with the UAC for forty AN-124-100M-150 aircraft for a period of 2011 up to 2027 (20 aircraft until 2020, and 20 until 2027).
oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6689 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2648 times:
Quoting sovietjet (Reply 5): Actually one such aircraft exists and is used regularly. It is the ADB UR-82009.
Well they kept that quiet. Looking through the photos here, the conversion seems to be a change of engines at the end of 2007, but the model number in the cheatline on the side of the fuselage only seems to have changed by the end of 2008.