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RA-76719 (cn 0073474226) What a beauty!!! I always liked the IL-76. I hope you will too. :) This picture shows them at once 4 pieces!!!
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A visitor from Australia posted Mon December 19, 2011:
In regards to the nose down attitude. On any aircraft, the centre of (lift) pressure moves rearward with flaps deployed, hence the nose down appearance. Nothing unusual or specifically related to high-wing design. Most of us are so used to seeing airliners with highly swept wings and the high angle of attack (nose up) needed for lift at low speeds. The wings are anhedral as opposed to dihedral. The design is a payoff between stability and manoeuvrability. BTW, great photo! The depth of field is spot on.

A visitor from Germany posted Mon December 19, 2011:
I thought only the MF have these engines. These here look more like the D-30KP...

A visitor from India posted Fri December 2, 2011:
Magnificent photos highlighting the conditions these monsters can work on. Il-76's are beautiful in their own right. PS-90 engines a must for being Enviro friendly. Hear these have the lowest cost of miles/passenger/gallon stats among the transports?.

A visitor from - posted Sun November 6, 2011:
Must be a rusha hour for Pskov!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun November 6, 2011:
You dont get to take a shot of an IL-76 on the ground and 3x IL-76's on approach anywhere else in the world.Just an amazing site.

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 7, 2011:
Excellent color and composition, and those Russians sure know how to build aircraft with character. Fantastic shot!

A visitor from Brazil posted Mon July 4, 2011:
Ok, you can confess .... this was all combined, so that all appear in the same picture ... ;-)) .......... 5*

A visitor from Australia posted Tue June 28, 2011:
Such a daunting angle on the IL76, and the depth of field with the incoming jets is equally daunting...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu November 4, 2010:
Igor!Thanks for beauty of IL-76.Stunning!SPASIBO!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Fri October 15, 2010:
WOW !!! 4 IL-76's in one pic!!!

A visitor from - posted Thu October 7, 2010:
To Ali Aminzadeh:
"Heathrow"? Don't forget that those are military transport planes, especially for airborne forces ;)

A visitor from United States posted Sun September 19, 2010:
Super, very nivce...

A visitor from Canada posted Sun September 19, 2010:
Saw a lot in Libya. Heavy Transport. Have seen one stripped down with Gun turrets on it. stol

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Sat September 18, 2010:
Amazing picture, Igor! My dream - made like shot!

A visitor from France posted Sat September 18, 2010:
If it was me there, I'd end up crying.
perfect timing

A visitor from Australia posted Sat September 18, 2010:
Cracker pic

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat September 18, 2010:
EXCELLENT photo! I love this plane! Its one of the best airlifters in the world and such an awesome rugged & super-tough Russian design. Looks like a science-fiction alien dropship!! Nosedown approach is a trademark of this type of plane. Long live smoky noisy engines!! Nice to see this amongst all the boring quiet efficient new turbofans! I love the "headlights" hee hee.

A visitor from - posted Sat September 18, 2010:
Russian version of Heathrow. Shall we call it Heathrowski!? (Ali Aminzadeh)

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat September 18, 2010:
I am always amazed by the sheer beauty of this a/c.

A visitor from Iran, Islamic Republic Of posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Awesome job! Just amazing

A visitor from Brazil posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Wow, fantastic photo !

A visitor from - posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Just amazing to see 4 of these magnificent beasts in one shot!!! Totally awesome picture!!!!!

A visitor from Singapore posted Fri September 17, 2010:
The 2nd IL-76 looks like an eagle, with its talons stretched down and its wings spread as it swoops down to catch some prey. :)

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Great composition, nice pastel sky, graceful smoke swirls = 5 stars! This looks like a ballet. Bravo!

A visitor from - posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Hard to imagine the patience and good luck required to get four in the same shot! a once-in-a-lifetime photo!

A visitor from Portugal posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Do i hear Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries ?

A visitor from - posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Great shot! Pskov is one of the best airports in the world to take photos of Il-76s but only on operating days. But be aware of the Military Police!

A visitor from Canada posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Beautiful Il-76s, I love them! Excellent shot of the 4 smokers. My vote! Yes the nose is pointed down on high-wing aircraft, noticeable also on the Dash-8 for example, especially in landing configuration. The thing with the Il-76 is the downward angle on the wings, which I guess also affects its attitude? Waiting for someone to further discuss the topic :)

A visitor from - posted Fri September 17, 2010:
WOW! IL-76 City!! Well done there.

A visitor from - posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Impressive picture, showing the power of these giants.

A visitor from - posted Fri September 17, 2010:

A visitor from Japan posted Fri September 17, 2010:
What a giant bird!

A visitor from - posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Great! Looks as busy as Heathrow!

A visitor from - posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Awesome shot!!! Love the IL76. Wakes me up every morning flying 300ft over my house here in Dubai :)

A visitor from China posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Oh wow, so many of my favourite aircraft in one shot. Magnificent!

A visitor from New Zealand posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Smoking hot picture! Well done!

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Absolutely true!

A visitor from - posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Good work ;)

A visitor from - posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Here is a beauty!!! Very nice shot!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri September 17, 2010:

A visitor from Switzerland posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Now that's the REAL MOJO ! Well done Igor !

A visitor from Cyprus posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Thats really great shot Igor!!!/Stelios Ioannou

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Fri September 17, 2010:
A very interesting picture, Igor!
I can hardly imagine the sound of all those engines. Can't have enough of those 76's :)

A visitor from Germany posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Having the nose pointing downwards means that the landing speed is slightly above the right one for that weight. the wings are producing too much lift (flaps) so the pilot have to lower the nose leading to a low angle of attack (sometimes neg).
It have a big advantage... in case of a go around/engine failure... the aircraft have already engines running at high rpm.

A visitor from Croatia posted Fri September 17, 2010:
Perfect pic of a mighty planes! No matter is it Antartica, Sahara or Siberia, the IL-76 is omnipresent.

A visitor from - posted Fri September 17, 2010:
The remarkable photo, composition is simply magnificent, as well as planes.

A visitor from United States posted Thu September 16, 2010:
A wonderfully unique photo! Many thanks for sharing such an unusual scene.

A visitor from - posted Thu September 16, 2010:
Amazing photo, catching them all four in one photo! Well done!!!

A visitor from Australia posted Thu September 16, 2010:
Great shot, Igor, congratulations!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Thu September 16, 2010:
Cool. I am just wodering why our RA AF use the civil flag instead of stars. (I am from Russia - but the system makes me expat for no reason).

A visitor from - posted Thu September 16, 2010:
The nose pointed downward it's tipically of aircrafts with the high wing like e.g. Fokker F-27 or ATR-42/72. It's simply aerodinamics...

A visitor from - posted Thu September 16, 2010:
That is a great photo, 4 Il-76 at once!

A visitor from United States posted Thu September 16, 2010:
I like it! The second Il-76 appears to have its nose pointed downward on approach. I have noticed this seems characteristic of the Il-76 as it lands. Why is this?

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