Aviation Photo #0954854 Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan - Volga-Dnepr Airlines

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Incredible landing at Rwy 26!! I think the pilots thought that they where flying an An12 instead of an An124!!
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    Luc Van Belleghem
    Volga-Dnepr Airlines
    Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan
    Antonov An-124 Ruslan
    Antonov An-124 Ruslan
    Antonov
    9773054155109
    RA-82044
    Ostend / Bruges
    Belgium
    November 1, 2005
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Comments (92)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow! Already second "dancing" An-124 in two days! ;)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Poor poor nose gear
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice and hard-to-find picture...excellent opportunity Mr. Van Belleghem had.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's a good thing the AN-124 has double nose gear! Incredible shot!
Anonymous
11 years ago
It looks like these tough birds can withstand everything!
Anonymous
11 years ago
...never seen before... congratulations for this rare picture!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I guess its allowable to do that if you have four wheels in front. Otherwise... :-/
Anonymous
11 years ago
Interesting shot, that's why the Antonov has 2 Nosegears ;-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wowoo! Those landing gears are really strong! Great photo, click in the right second.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ouch~ You hit my nose~!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Once in a lifetime shot!!!, not seen everyday!!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
One word: SCARY!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I do this all the time on my flight simulator! ;-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
First thing that came to mind is that he stalled it during flare.
Anonymous
11 years ago
(yawn) What`s so special, guys? We were just checking the tire pressure ;)
Anonymous
11 years ago
The aircraft was either too high or facing strong wind, plus higher speed, thus leading this nose dive onto the runway.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I think pilot wanted to try a new kind of landing ... :d btw nice shot !!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
From Spain.
Is a very, very big "Pinnocho".
Anonymous
11 years ago
Landing for the whole muzzle.Very good .Great picture,thank you to allow us to see it.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The pilot is just showing his skill in landing the elephant of the sky!!!!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Hey guys.. i think the pilot wanted to make a reflare !! Nice shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
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...)
Anonymous
11 years ago
This really can't be good for teh nose gear!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredible! I've never seen anything like this! I wonder if it had anything to do with the cargo weight...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Incredible landing: look the elevator! The pilot pushed the the plane down!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I think that pilots told them selves will we ever get this bird down and will it ever stop.
Anonymous
11 years ago
That's really odd
Anonymous
11 years ago
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!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Once in a lifetime shot. Congratulations
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's not everyday you see something like this! Excellent shot.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Just schweet
Anonymous
11 years ago
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! ;)
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
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
Anonymous
11 years ago
Q. What goes BOOM and gives you a hard landing?
A. An Antonov AN124 landing on it's nosegear!
Great Photo!
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Guess his altimeter was screwed up!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Close up on the wheel illustrating the weird angle is incredible !
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOWWOW!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
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
Anonymous
11 years ago
I have been made to land not like this oh my nose gear in trouble. Great shot!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
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)
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Perfect picture.....That's wonderful.But Pilots are the most perfect:-)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Always safety! safety!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Positive landing, negative attitude! ;)
Anonymous
11 years ago
The pilot name is Valentino Rossi? :-)
Great photo!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Landing flares are for whimps :)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very unique shot
Anonymous
11 years ago
It's illusion. Nose gears didn't touch yet.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Strong break system, effecting on the nose gear, mostly :)
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow... you got "mooned" by the Antonov! :)
Anonymous
11 years ago
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...
Anonymous
11 years ago
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/
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow,i always thought about russian pilots that they are unsitasfiedly trained.Here you go!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I liked the photo because I needed the details of the under carraige for a model I am making of the aircraft thanks
Anonymous
11 years ago
Good nose wheel landing tec.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Beautiful angel the picture was taken out from! Great work!
Anonymous
11 years ago
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.
Anonymous
11 years ago
There is a reason that there is SO MANY gear down the back.....plus the coffee would have gone EVERYWHERE!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
I wouldnt like to be on that plane
Anonymous
11 years ago
WOW>>> just before the plane touch the land...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Not so scary Landing, It does not seem too dangerorous. Sometimes B52s and McDon Douglas'es do similar landing. Good photo capturing !!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Oh my nose!
Anonymous
11 years ago
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!
Anonymous
11 years ago
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
Anonymous
10 years ago
Are you sure a proper nose first landing???........AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Never seen before!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Flare! Flare!...Oh, never mind...
Anonymous
10 years ago
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? :-)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Everythings can be possible for russian ^^"
Anonymous
10 years ago
Landing on the front ?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Crosswind on landing? Great shot though.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow a typical Russian landing ;-))
Anonymous
10 years ago
UNBELIEVABLE!!...The twin nose gear design has paid off!!! ;) Well done Antonov!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Excellent! keep doing that
Anonymous
8 years ago
CRAZY landing!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The nose gear is very strong!
Anonymous
7 years ago
When flaring isn't possible...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Um do some people not learn to either slow down or use less flaps!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Aw come on, it's not the time to open up the nose cargo door yet!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Dont worry- its Russian!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Pictures like this one keeps me visiting this site every day!! :-) ... cheers *****
Anonymous
7 years ago
Do you think the GPWS calls out "Retard, Retard" for this sorta thing also?
Anonymous
6 years ago
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
Anonymous
6 years ago
In Soviet Russia planes fly you .
Anonymous
5 years ago
Look mom, with the front wheels only!
Anonymous
5 years ago
The front brakes are really really good ;)
Great shot. Very unique sight
Anonymous
4 years ago
Wooow

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