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More: Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan
More: Ostend / Bruges (OST / EBOS)
More: Belgium, November 1, 2005
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RA-82044 (cn 9773054155109) Incredible landing at Rwy 26!! I think the pilots thought that they where flying an An12 instead of an An124!!
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A visitor from Cayman Islands posted Tue November 20, 2012:
Wooow

A visitor from Netherlands posted Wed August 10, 2011:
The front brakes are really really good ;)
Great shot. Very unique sight

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat April 23, 2011:
Look mom, with the front wheels only!

A visitor from United States posted Tue August 31, 2010:
In Soviet Russia planes fly you .

A visitor from United States posted Fri August 6, 2010:
Lots of flaps,light or no load,some down elevator,and she will float.I used to see kb-29s doing this,landing empty after refueling missions at bergstrom afb texas,1952

A visitor from - posted Fri February 19, 2010:
Do you think the GPWS calls out "Retard, Retard" for this sorta thing also?

A visitor from Brazil posted Sat January 30, 2010:
Pictures like this one keeps me visiting this site every day!! :-) ... cheers *****

A visitor from Germany posted Fri January 22, 2010:
Dont worry- its Russian!

A visitor from Singapore posted Thu October 22, 2009:
Aw come on, it's not the time to open up the nose cargo door yet!

A visitor from United States posted Sun September 27, 2009:
Um do some people not learn to either slow down or use less flaps!

A visitor from - posted Thu June 18, 2009:
When flaring isn't possible...

A visitor from Australia posted Sun March 1, 2009:
The nose gear is very strong!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat August 9, 2008:
CRAZY landing!

A visitor from Dominican Republic posted Thu May 8, 2008:
Excellent! keep doing that

A visitor from New Zealand posted Fri February 23, 2007:
UNBELIEVABLE!!...The twin nose gear design has paid off!!! ;) Well done Antonov!

A visitor from Germany posted Sat December 30, 2006:
Wow a typical Russian landing ;-))

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 8, 2006:
Crosswind on landing? Great shot though.

A visitor from Canada posted Tue May 23, 2006:
Landing on the front ?

A visitor from Thailand posted Wed April 26, 2006:
Everythings can be possible for russian ^^"

A visitor from Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of posted Fri April 21, 2006:
There's no smoke from the front wheels. That suggests that maybe the aircraft lifted AFTER she (presumably) touched-down properly. Too much speed, too little payload, perhaps? :-)

A visitor from United States posted Sun April 9, 2006:
Flare! Flare!...Oh, never mind...

A visitor from Germany posted Thu March 23, 2006:
Never seen before!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun March 12, 2006:
Are you sure a proper nose first landing???........AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A visitor from India posted Sun February 26, 2006:
A monster of an aircraft this, undoubtedly the biggest metal bird thus far and if i m right can carry about 110 tonnes of payload..i ve seen massive trucks unload cargo right inside the aircraft having access through the rear opening...a fabulous machine this...gbala

A visitor from United States posted Fri February 24, 2006:
No pilot would intentionally land an aircraft of this size (or any tricicle gear aircraft for that matter) on the nose gear first, the results would range from simply uncomfortable to a total collapse. Do that even in a Seminole and you're likely to come out minus nose gear and with spinal compressions. This is called wheelbarrowing (for obvious reasons) and can happen if the pilot tries to hold the nose down to long on takeoff or force the plane down at too high a speed on landing. Ask any instructor who taught in C172s!

A visitor from Australia posted Sun January 1, 2006:
Oh my nose!

A visitor from India posted Sat December 31, 2005:
Not so scary Landing, It does not seem too dangerorous. Sometimes B52s and McDon Douglas'es do similar landing. Good photo capturing !!

A visitor from Jordan posted Mon December 26, 2005:
WOW>>> just before the plane touch the land...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon December 19, 2005:
I wouldnt like to be on that plane

A visitor from Australia posted Fri December 16, 2005:
There is a reason that there is SO MANY gear down the back.....plus the coffee would have gone EVERYWHERE!!

A visitor from Lebanon posted Tue December 6, 2005:
I personally sow the landing, the aircraft bounced back in the air after a normal touch down on the main landing gears than re-landed on the nose-wheel, nothing special, even happens when flying an Airbus, just depends on how lucky you are while flaring.

A visitor from Spain posted Fri November 25, 2005:
Beautiful angel the picture was taken out from! Great work!

A visitor from Turkey posted Wed November 23, 2005:
Good nose wheel landing tec.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue November 22, 2005:
I liked the photo because I needed the details of the under carraige for a model I am making of the aircraft thanks

A visitor from Slovakia posted Sat November 19, 2005:
Wow,i always thought about russian pilots that they are unsitasfiedly trained.Here you go!

A visitor from Canada posted Fri November 18, 2005:
Other shots confirm that they did touch down nose wheel first. I don't know if the wheel is on the ground in this shot though. Nice picture.

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/960242/M/

A visitor from United States posted Thu November 17, 2005:
I checked all the pictures of that landing available and I am sure that's not only an illusion, that was a nose gear landing, with some bounce...
Anyone can have bad day, only pilots can do bad landings...

A visitor from Italy posted Tue November 15, 2005:
Wow... you got "mooned" by the Antonov! :)

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Tue November 15, 2005:
Yes, it's definitely illusion. If you use 'Cross data search' on this page for this plane, this airport and this date - and you will see two other photos of this plane landing. Main gears touched before nose one. But illusion is nice, no objections.

A visitor from United States posted Mon November 14, 2005:
Strong break system, effecting on the nose gear, mostly :)

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Mon November 14, 2005:
It's illusion. Nose gears didn't touch yet.

A visitor from Poland posted Thu November 10, 2005:
Very unique shot

A visitor from Germany posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Landing flares are for whimps :)

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed November 9, 2005:
The pilot name is Valentino Rossi? :-)
Great photo!

A visitor from Austria posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Positive landing, negative attitude! ;)

A visitor from Korea, Republic Of posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Always safety! safety!

A visitor from Turkey posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Perfect picture.....That's wonderful.But Pilots are the most perfect:-)

A visitor from Turkey posted Wed November 9, 2005:
ý think it is not dangerious.Because plane is very massive and when landing,nose gear gets some load so prevent more load to main landing gears.But time between nose landing gears touching ground and main landing gears must be very close.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Excellent photo luc, I saw this monster in the summer this year at Dusseldorf international but it wasn't a landing like this one. Great shot really,

groetjes uit Holland (greetings from Holland)

A visitor from Jordan posted Wed November 9, 2005:
I have been made to land not like this oh my nose gear in trouble. Great shot!!!

A visitor from Jordan posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Well I would say great photo Big Thanks to the Photographer because he waits long time in a cold weather to take a great shot like this. The pilots face a lack of expinance

A visitor from Finland posted Wed November 9, 2005:
WOWWOW!!

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Close up on the wheel illustrating the weird angle is incredible !

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Guess his altimeter was screwed up!

A visitor from Argentina posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Great shot! Don t panic. I think is a rather normal landing in this kind of beasts. The high angle flap capabilities this planes have allows for very low angle-of-attack landings, even a little nose down, too!! Also B52 does similar landings and takeoffs.

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Q. What goes BOOM and gives you a hard landing?
A. An Antonov AN124 landing on it's nosegear!
Great Photo!

A visitor from Australia posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Yeah hoping the pilots are spared in the company briefing room after this landing Cheif pilot might have something to say.
Great shot all the same

A visitor from Finland posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Hang on, the left-hand nose gear isn't even compressed fully, the right bogie is only a bit smokey, the spoilers are just about to deploy so it's not bouncing.

A visitor from Canada posted Wed November 9, 2005:
I guess here is the same plane but a few seconds earlier and everything is going just fine: http://www.airliners.net/open.file/955372/L/ I'd say it's some kind of wind shear. BTW, amazing shot! ;)

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Just schweet

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed November 9, 2005:
It's not everyday you see something like this! Excellent shot.

A visitor from Belgium posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Once in a lifetime shot. Congratulations

A visitor from Portugal posted Tue November 8, 2005:
In My Opinion he touched before, and this pic was taken on its second touch after it bounced, hence the fact the elevator its in full nose down attitude, and the crew were becoming aware the runway was geeting shorter..!!!..Well, it's only an Opinion:-)Awesome Pic Luc!

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 8, 2005:
That's really odd

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 8, 2005:
I think that pilots told them selves will we ever get this bird down and will it ever stop.

A visitor from Italy posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Incredible landing: look the elevator! The pilot pushed the the plane down!

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Incredible! I've never seen anything like this! I wonder if it had anything to do with the cargo weight...

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 8, 2005:
This really can't be good for teh nose gear!

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 8, 2005:
I have rated this shot well because it reveals to us what we usually do not see with these aircraft. Wonderful! (I hope the pilots do not get into trouble though...)

A visitor from Jordan posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Hey guys.. i think the pilot wanted to make a reflare !! Nice shot

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 8, 2005:
The pilot is just showing his skill in landing the elephant of the sky!!!!!!

A visitor from Spain posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Landing for the whole muzzle.Very good .Great picture,thank you to allow us to see it.

A visitor from Spain posted Tue November 8, 2005:
From Spain.
Is a very, very big "Pinnocho".

A visitor from Belgium posted Tue November 8, 2005:
I think pilot wanted to try a new kind of landing ... :d btw nice shot !!!

A visitor from Brazil posted Tue November 8, 2005:
The aircraft was either too high or facing strong wind, plus higher speed, thus leading this nose dive onto the runway.

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Tue November 8, 2005:
(yawn) What`s so special, guys? We were just checking the tire pressure ;)

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 8, 2005:
First thing that came to mind is that he stalled it during flare.

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 8, 2005:
I do this all the time on my flight simulator! ;-)

A visitor from Germany posted Tue November 8, 2005:
One word: SCARY!!

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Once in a lifetime shot!!!, not seen everyday!!!!!

A visitor from Korea, Republic Of posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Ouch~ You hit my nose~!!

A visitor from Portugal posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Wowoo! Those landing gears are really strong! Great photo, click in the right second.

A visitor from Germany posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Interesting shot, that's why the Antonov has 2 Nosegears ;-)

A visitor from Greece posted Tue November 8, 2005:
I guess its allowable to do that if you have four wheels in front. Otherwise... :-/

A visitor from Germany posted Tue November 8, 2005:
OMG! - was my first thought. Amazing shot, there's only little chance to capture this mishap on photo. Looks like badly balanced freight if you ask me. Never the less the nose gear will survive because there's still enough lift by the wings as you clearly can see.

A visitor from Pakistan posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Well as far as i'm concerned pilots were sleeping and they landed on the nose wheel but they are lucky that the landing gears are not collapsed.

A visitor from Italy posted Tue November 8, 2005:
...never seen before... congratulations for this rare picture!!!

A visitor from Austria posted Tue November 8, 2005:
It looks like these tough birds can withstand everything!

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 8, 2005:
It's a good thing the AN-124 has double nose gear! Incredible shot!

A visitor from Colombia posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Nice and hard-to-find picture...excellent opportunity Mr. Van Belleghem had.

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Poor poor nose gear

A visitor from Finland posted Tue November 8, 2005:
Wow! Already second "dancing" An-124 in two days! ;)

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