Aviation Photo #1154473 Antonov An-70 - Antonov Design Bureau

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Really rare photo and actually the first one in the A.net database: An-70 first prototype at the phase of ground testing approximately one month before its maiden flight (took place 16-Dec-1994). Unfortunately this unique aircraft was tragically lost with its crew on 10 February 1995 during 4th test flight in a midair collision with An-72 chase-plane. This shot is my own tribute to the test pilots and flight engineers I personally met with and who were lost at that fatal accident in February 1995...
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    Oleg V. Belyakov - AirTeamImages
    Antonov Design Bureau
    Antonov An-70
    Antonov An-70
    Antonov An-70
    Kiev - Svyatoshino
    October 31, 1994
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14 years ago
Thanks, Oleg.
Eternal memory to those, who have given their lives to the aviation...
12 years ago
The plane reminds me of the C-5 Galaxy, can't believe what happened though..sad story.
12 years ago
14 years later, this aircraft still looks very futuristic with those contra-rotating propfans. It also looks very big too!
12 years ago
Here's to the group who designed the aircraft and to the fallen who lost their lives on this wonderful plane.
12 years ago
Beautiful photos

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