The Antonov An-22 has four contra-rotating propellers and is the largest turboprop-powered aircraft in the world. Thi aircraft has performed a large number of military supply missions for the Soviet Union and Russia in its roughly 50-year life.
The Antonov 22 is for sure one of the most unique airplanes you have ever seen. UR-09307 is the only civilian Antonov 22 worldwide and it was broken for almost seven years. Last year it returned to the skies.
This Antonov was filmed at Oostende – Belgium.This particular aircraft has the unique capability of landing (and taking off) on short, unpaved runways that couldn’t handle heavy jets.
As the plane touches down, its enormous and heavy propellers create a ‘sandstorm’ on the dusty landing strip. You’re going to want to turn the sound up for this one.