Photos of the IL-76 at Santiago

IL-76 russian air tanker

The Russian-made IL-76 air tanker was parked near the 747 SuperTanker at Santiago, Chili today January 30. The 747 was off duty to take care of some maintenance, while the IL-76 went on two missions, dropping water on fires south of Santiago.

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The interior of the IL-76, showing the two tanks. Photo by Tom Parsons, pilot of the 747 Supertanker.
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The counterweights on the levers help the large flapper valves to open, releasing the 11,574 gallons of water from the Russian IL-76. Photo by Tom Parsons, pilot of the 747 Supertanker.
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The Russian IL-76 Taxiing past the 747 SuperTanker. Photo by Bill Gabbert.

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The IL-76 air tanker as seen from the cockpit if the 747 Supertanker. Photo by Tom Parsons, pilot of the 747 Supertanker.
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Gravity pulls water out of these huge pipes when large flapper valves are opened.

IL-76 russian air tanker

Russian IL-76 air tanker
These men are associated with the IL-76.

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