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Posted by Alexandar Srećković on November 14, 2019

Air SERBIA Airbus A319

Air SERBIA Airbus A319 on short final for landing at Tivat airport
Posted by Alexandar Srećković on May 16, 2018

Massive Antonov An-124

ANTONOV DESIGN BUREAU | Antonov An-124-100

Posted by Alexandar Srećković on October 7, 2016

Legend still lives

One of the legendary aircraft models with three engines McDonnell Douglas MD-11 was built in just 200 units. MD-11 model was built on a base of previous DC-10 model with some modification of weight balance, flight deck was made for two crew members instead of three as it was on DC-10. This model have unique look with three engines configuration, two of them are as usually placed on wings and the third one is positioned on tail wing. It was operated for passenger`s use by KLM, TAM Airlines, Alitalia Swiss Air, Thai Airways and few more. First MD-11 was delivered to Finnair on December 7, 1990 and it official entered in service on December 20, 1990 on flight from Helsinki to Tenerife. Interesting is that Yugoslav Airlines JAT became the first customer of the MD-11 in the first place. Three aircraft were manufactured but were never delivered due to war in Yugoslavia.

KLM MD-11F Passenger model
KLM MD-11 Passenger model

Since today story is about a MD-11F, we will began our short story for that model. As first user of MD-11F was American FedEX and up to today they are still flying them. Because of french manufacturer Airbus and their models A330/340 more less all MD-11 for passenger use were retired and many of them were converted in model MD-11F (freighter). KLM was the last airline to operate scheduled passenger flights with the passenger version of the MD-11. The final scheduled flight took place on October 26, 2014 from Montréal to Amsterdam. From a production line exit 53 MD-11F, but many of passengers units were converted an up today there are 127 of MD-11F aircraft`s flying around the world carrying cargo. At this time few major cargo carriers are operating MD-11F such as FedEx Express(57), UPS Airlines(38), Lufthansa Cargo(14) and Sky lease Cargo(4). Here are some main technical data and information about MD-11F model.

FedEx Express MD-11F Departing from LAX
FedEx Express MD-11F Departing from LAX

McDonnell Douglas MD-11F
Length 61.6 m
Wingspan 51.8 m
Height 17.6 m
Cruising Speed 890 km/h
Max. altitude 13,100 m
Max. takeoff weight 286,000 kg
Max. landing weight 222,900 kg
Max. load 95,000 kg
Load capacity 534 m3

Assembly of the last two MD-11s were completed in August and October 2000, they were delivered to Lufthansa Cargo on February 22 and January 25, 2001 respectively.

Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F D-ALCN (last made MD-11F)
Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F D-ALCN (last made MD-11F)


Posted by Alexandar Srećković on October 1, 2016

Serbian Air Force Transport Helicopter Mil Mi 17 V-5

One of the latest update of Serbian Air Force transport helicopter Mil MI 17 V-5. In July this year our Air forces got delivery of two new Mi 17 V-5 helicopters which will be stationed at Batajnica Air base near Belgrade. In video we can see a static display of one of these new Mi 17 on apron. Here are some technical details of Mi 17 V-5 version.

General characteristics

  • Crew: Three – two pilots and one engineer
  • Capacity: 24 troops or 12 stretchers or 4,000 kg (8,820 lb) cargo internally /5,000 kg (11,023 lb) externally slung.
  • Length: 18.465 m (60 ft 7 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 21.25 m (69 ft 10½ in)
  • Height: 4.76 m (15 ft 7¼ in)
  • Disc area: 356 m² (3,834 ft²)
  • Empty weight 7,489 kg (16,510 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 11,100 kg (24,470 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 13,000 kg (28,660 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Klimov TV3-117MT turboshaft, 2,400 hp () each


  • Maximum speed: 280 km/h (151 knots, 174 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 260 km/h
  • Range: 800 km (431 nmi, 497 mi) (with main fuel tanks)
  • Service ceiling: 6,000 m (19,690 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 8 m/s[citation needed] (1,575 ft/min)

Serbian Air Force Transport Helicopter Mi 17 – static display


Posted by Alexandar Srećković on September 30, 2016

Boeing 737 Aprroach and landing at Sarajevo Airport

Final approach and landing viewed from a flight deck of Boeing 737 at Sarajevo Airport – Butmir. Approach phase must be done with extreme caution. Airport is placed in a valley on height of 521m/1708ft and it is surrounded with heavy mountain terrain as you can see in video. Butmir Airport is a main airport of Bosnia & Herzegovina with runway length of 2600m or 8530ft. In year 2015 airport transfer around 773.000 passenger`s. Town of Sarajevo is capitol of Bosnia & Herzegovina state. Hope you will enjoy in this amazing landing footage.

Sarajevo Airport Terminal
Sarajevo Airport Terminal