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In 2003, I have seen that beast a couple of times on Eindhoven airbase, when we (NATO) used it to bring cargo to Afghanistan. I worked for a cell that handed out slots, routes and altitudes to all nations and companies who were bringing in stuff. Trick with its engines was (same for it's little brother) that it couldn't spool up the engines, that had to be done while running down the runway. Especially in Goma, Zaire (DRC) it was tricky as the end of the 2.5km stretch was a steep cliff down the lake Kivu. Most of the cargo A/C brought stuff and left nearly empty. 
The Il-76 was a racing horse compared to the An-124/225.

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