According to Google Earth, the satellite image below was taken in July, 2010.
Although it’s not recent, it is worth a look as it shows a quite interesting and somehow rare bird: an Iranian Antonov An-74T-200 on the apron of the airport of Sirri, Iran’s small island in the midst of the Persian Gulf, east of Hormuz.
The aircraft is one of the 11 such cargo aircraft (including seven white colored An-74TK-200s) believed to be operated by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and used to carry equipments and revolutionary guards across the country.
The type of aircraft can be determined by the characteristic unusual design feature in which the high engines exhaust are placed over the wing’s upper surface to boost lift by means of the Coandă effect.
An IRGC An-74 crashed on take off from Tehran on Nov. 27, 2006 killing 37 of 38 people on board.
H/T to Chance Templeton for the heads up
David, don’t you check airliners.net website? How is this a rare bird? LOL!
Well there are only 11 of these planes in Iran operated by a government agency, so 77 photos on Airliner.net don’t change the reality that it is a rare bird.
Thanks. I’ve obviously checked A.net but I too believe 11 such planes constitute a small fleet of a somehow rare aircraft.
You’re welcome. This is a relatively rare plane since only a small number were built: the number range from 81-240 depending on source. Though I do hope to see this design recreated for other STOL aircraft.