If you want to see lots of examples of barely flyable old Antonov freighters, go to Sharjah, where you see An-12's (and even sometimes An-8's!) that are registered in flags of convenience of some African countries.
The An-8s are actually not even allowed to fly in Russia. Their authorities have deemed it to be an unsafe aircraft. And guess who is flying them out of Sharjah? Although the airline name might change, you can be guaranteed it is Victor Butt
What a collection of apologists on this thread!
Or should that be "what a collection of people who actually have some notion of what they are talking about"??
This certified P*o*S belongs in a junkyard. If holes in the rudder are acceptable to those getting into this crate and flying it, what can't you see that's acceptable too?
There are no holes in the rudder. Read PhilB's post again.
And those pointing out it's cargo and doesn't carry passengers .....only the crew is taking their lives into their own hands. The crew.....and every poor soul who lives under the flight path.
Go and read up on the history of the An-12, and you will see that a bit of fabric missing isn't going to endanger the aircraft. It isn't uncommon for you to have seen An-12s which have used masking tape to fix such problems....this was a necessity due to the aircraft being operated to hundreds of different airfields around the Soviet Union where there were no maintenance bases or crews.
Think outside the box of all-metal Boeing and Airbus flying computers, and realise that whilst it might not look good to some that the Soviets knew what they were doing when they designed these aircraft.
This reminds me of the old story of NASA, when realising that a normal ink pen would not work in space due to zero gravity, spending millions of dollars and thousands of man hours developing a "space-age" pen which would be able to write in free-flowing ink in space conditions. The Soviets also facing the same problem saved themselves millions of dollars by using a pencil.
Whilst the above "story" is an urban legend, the actual idea behind it rings true.