Air Transport World

II-86 revisited. (Soviet Aeroflot jet transport)

The Soviet Union made its first appearance at the Farnborough show this year bringing three transports and flying two during the afternoon flying portions of the show. A giant Mil Design Bureau Mi-26 helicopter and one of the Antonov An-72 STOL research transports flew during the show. Of most interest to airline visitors was the thir member of the Soviet contingent, the IIyushin II-86 widebodied transport which made its first public appearance in the West at the 1977 Paris Air Show. …

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