Add an Ilyushin to the Recent Visitors

C59F6062.jpgThere have been a bunch of AN124s popping in to Moffett Field recently, one of which I saw while at the Solar Impulse arrival event.  When I went back for the departure (which I covered for Global Aviation Resource in this article), I was surprised to see another freighter from the old Eastern Bloc.  At his one was a more recent version though.  It was an Ilyushin IL-76 but one that is fitted with the PS90 engine.  It had been brought in to transport the ground crew and their gear for Solar Impulse.  They were heading to Phoenix next and, since it was a short flight, everything needed to move quickly.

C59F6109.jpgI didn’t get a great chance to photograph the plane.  It was a long way up the ramp and there were too many lights between us to make for a great shot.  However, I got what I could.  My friend Hayman works nearby and he was able to get the departure later in the morning.  I’m not jealous…

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