Urban explorers have never been left indifferent by abandoned equipment. Especially large aircraft, like this IL-76TD. It was produced at the end of 1982 for military needs and under a different modification (IL-76MD), which stood for modified long-range. The main differences from the previous version were an increase in the carrying capacity up to 48 tons, an increase in the maximum takeoff weight up to 190 tons and an increase in flight range with a load of 40 tons up to 4,200 km.
Until the second half of the 90s, the aircraft was part of the Ukrainian Air Force. Later it was converted into a civilian version – Il-76TD (long-range transport). The military equipment was dismantled along with the aft firing system, and the aircraft itself went to Russia, where it flew before 2003. After it was left in storage, which ended in its destruction.
Let’s have a look at stunning pictures of abandoned cargo plane IL-76TD