This book charts the development and service history of the Antonov design bureau? heavy transport aircraft. In the late 1950s, the Antonov design bureau began developing the An-22 heavy military transport, intended to carry 50 tons. Powered by four 15,000 hp turboprops, it was the world? heaviest transport when it first flew in February 1965. The four-turbofan An-124 was again the world? most capable airlifter when it emerged in 1982, with a payload of 120 tons. It proved its worth in military and humanitarian operations and earned acclaim as a commercial freighter after 1991 for carrying heavy and outsized items. The unique six-engined An-225 "Mriya" was created for carrying the Buran space shuttle. Despite the demise of the Buran program, the aircraft found use on the heavy/outsized cargo transportation market. It is illustrated by a wealth of new photos and color artwork, as well as line drawings.?
Yefim Gordon?was born in 1950 in Vilnius, Lithuania (then part of the Soviet Union) and graduated from the Kaunas Polytechnic Institute in 1972. He has been researching Soviet and Russian aviation history for more than 40 years and has one of the world? largest photo/document archives on the subject. A professional aviation journalist and photographer since 1989, Yefim Gordon has published hundreds of features and photographs in Soviet, Russian and foreign aviation magazines. He has also authored and coauthored more than 120 books on Soviet and Russian aviation which were published in seven countries. For twelve years Yefim Gordon was Executive Director of the Moscow-based publishing house Polygon Press Ltd. specialising in aviation literature.?Dmitriy Komissarov?was born in 1968 in Moscow and graduated rom the Moscow State Linguistics University in 1992. He has worked as a translator ever since, and starting in 1993 most of his work has been associated with his interest in aviation. Dmitriy Komissarov has authored two books on Soviet/Russian aircraft and translated or coauthored more than 70 others. He has also written numerous magazine features in Russian and English on Soviet and Russian aviation.

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