Once a workhorse for the Red Army, the Antonov 124's new gig has it hauling freight as a commercial cargo plane
The Antonov 124, one of the biggest cargo planes in the world, is on its way to earthquake-ravaged Chile to deliver a massive wind turbine. But before this mighty plane can come to the country's aid, it must first prove it can handle the assignment. Witness the obstacles the Antonov and its crew must overcome to complete this two-day, 7,500-mile mission, including extreme weather and an exhaustive inspection that could reveal flaws too costly to repair. For this massive plane, a pit stop could mean the end of the road and an incomplete mission.
Now, you can watch Smithsonian Channel's incredible documentaries and shows anytime you want by purchasing from any of these distributors:
Access even more free Smithsonian Channel full episodes and documentaries online through participating TV providers.
Find out if your television provider carries Smithsonian Channel on air.
Don't panic! It's simple to upgrade to the latest version of one of these browsers:
Don't panic! To get the best possible experience on smithsonianchannel.com we recommend you upgrade your operating system.
For the best possible site experience, please use Chrome for Android.
Add username "SmithsonianChan" on Snapchat for fun and fascinating facts. We'll be sharing spontaneous photos and videos as inspiration strikes.