Great news for fans of Soviet aircraft as another Ilyushin Il-62 has returned to the sky ahead of entering service as a freighter.
Former Manas Airways and Orient Avia aircraft RA-86126 (cn 4154535) which has been stored at Kazan Airport in Russia for a few years yesterday flew its first test flight ahead of joining Rada Airlines.
It is expected to take up the registration EW-505TR and will join sistership EW-450TR which at present is one of the only Il-62 aircraft in active service.
The aircraft undertook a 35 minute flight from Kazan on 16 November, still under its previous registration, making a large circuit of the region before landing again after having tested systems.
Hopefully this aircraft will become a regular sight at cargo airports around the world.
Here’s a video of sistership EW-450TR of Rada Airlines.