Test The Theory!
Note to self; charter Ilyushin-76, sell arms to both sides, make a fortune. Relatedly, over at my new favourite blog, they’re discussing driving 400 kilometres a day across the savannah in your Land Cruiser and a mystery delivery in a whole Antonov-124…or possibly even an An-225? It’s not impossible; there is chatter that President Deby’s forces got arms from Israel, and look who was in town on the 2nd of February, the day the rebels hit the bright lights. Fascinatingly, the crews of his Mi-24 HIND gunships included both Ukrainians and people described as “Mexicans”; Mexico has never operated this aircraft.
Update: As Freightdog points out in comments, it’s unrealistic to imagine that the only An-225 would have gone there if only for insurance reasons.