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Ukrainian Air Force Il-76 'Candid'

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The Ilyushin Il-76, NATO codename 'Candid', is a four-jet strategic transport developed by the Ilyushin Design Bureau during the Soviet era. It first took to the air in March 1971, but remains a mainstay of many military and civil operators in Russia, former Soviet states and other countries to this day. 

Specialised derivatives have included airborne command post, airborne early warning, air-to-air refuelling and firefighting versions amongst others. Modernised variants, with new engines, are still in production as the number of Il-76s and variants built nears 1,000. The example attending RIAT 2019 is from the 25th Transport Aviation Brigade, based at Melitopol Air Base.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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