Russia develops super heavy 500-ton Elephant transport aircraft
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April 17, 2019 - Source
Russian aircraft designers develop a new jumbo cargo aircraft that would be comparable in size to the legendary Antonov An-124 Ruslan.
The development of the new airplane is being carried out by the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after Professor Zhukovsky.
So far the aircraft exists in the form of a conceptual design. The aircraft is called Slon, which translates from Russian into English as Elephant.
The aircraft will be built on the aerodynamic scheme with high-lying extra long wings and one keel. The entire fuselage of the new aircraft will serve as the transport compartment.
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