That's a crude 747 if you could actually call it that--note the piece missing off the L2 door!
I think the 727s they have are actually pretty ideal for operations in Afghanistan--they remind me of LB
's in Bolivia. As for "Russian aircraft", I believe they only have one serviceable An-24, but then again, that too might have been retired. All its sister planes--Tu-154s, Yak-40s and the like--were destroyed during the Soviet occupation, the ensuing civil war, the Mujahiddin, the Taliban, and the US bombing raids, including some of the original 727s.
Only one of their aircraft, their 727-200 YA-FAY, has survived all
the carnage, a miracle given that it was delivered to Ariana in 1992, i.e. when the Mujahiddin came to power. The aircraft had already gained a little infamy in February 2000 when involved in the much-publicised hijacking which saw the plane cross Central Asia, Russia and Europe, before ending-up at STN
. Thank God there was no blood shed.
I remember seeing the plane parked next to the runway with doors open and lights on when taking a Ryanair flight a couple of days after the ordeal had ended.
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