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
    November 1994
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11 years ago
Thanks, Oleg.
Eternal memory to those, who have given their lives to the aviation...
9 years ago
The plane reminds me of the C-5 Galaxy, can't believe what happened though..sad story.
9 years ago
14 years later, this aircraft still looks very futuristic with those contra-rotating propfans. It also looks very big too!
9 years ago
Here's to the group who designed the aircraft and to the fallen who lost their lives on this wonderful plane.
9 years ago
Beautiful photos

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