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Ilyushin Il-96 (RA-96102) - Adelaide, South Australia, July 3, 2010.
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Ilyushin Il-96 (RA-96102)

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Adelaide, South Australia, July 3, 2010.

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Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
A rare visitor gets airborne off runway 23. I was told some time later that the pilot broke a rule by turning too soon in the climb. To quote the closing lyric of the Boney-M song ‘Rasputin’ - “Oh those Russians”.
Darryl Sarno
Great shot and catch! I am envious as I have not photographed this type yet. Congrats on this one!
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Thanks Darryl - one and only as far as I know, lucky to be there.
Tom Vance
You lucky.!!...M & M Durbin from the SFO area would k*ll for a picture like this! I've never seen this before! 5 russians!!
daniel jef
Nice shot!
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Tom and Daniel - thanks guys.
ROBERT MILLS JR
Always fascinated and impressed by the Russians and their aeronautical creations.
Some may call some of them "recreations", such as this one, which seems to be very much like the AB 340.
Totally agree with Tom Vance, FIVE RUSSIANS!
renato basso
AB340 with small head
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Thanks Robert. This time the Russians were first, unusually. The Il-96 was first in the air by a couple of years and was a reworking of the larger Il-86 from the 70s.
Alan Hume
They're all ex-fighter pilots Gavin and they fly them like they still are!
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Allan - indeed!
Daniel White
这图片好!
Daniel White
这图片好!
Daniel White
这图片好!
JM32
Awesome. Never saw this one before Gavin .
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Found some info: At the time this was operated by Polet Flight, one of three in service with them. It was named Valerie Menitsky - that's the name in red beneath the cockpit. It's in English on the other side. Technically it's an IL-96-400T, also on the forward fuselage in white on the blue. In May 2015 it went to the Russian Federation Air Force. The other two are stored.
Jean Marc PITTONI
Pas facile de le différencier d'un Airbus A340
https://www.dataero.fr/differencier-un-airbus-a340-dun-iliouchine-il-96/
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