Csturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1515 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2380 times:
Sunday afternoon I drove past SDF during my drive back to the Chicago area. I saw a Polet An-124 sitting on a taxi way near the UPS facility. It looks like it flew to EGVN after arriving from RKPK. Any idea of why it was in SDF? Even though I saw a Volga-Dnper An-124 several years ago at PHL, I am still amazed at the site of these aircraft! I saw a couple of archived topics about a Polet An-124 at SDF before, but there were no replies to the posts. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that they all might be related.
An American expat from the ORD area living and working in Australia
747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1192 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2356 times:
Its still there, I saw it from I-65 on my way to and from work today. Actually An-124's aren't all that rare of visitors at SDF and seem to visit several times a year over a period of several days; I have no clue why though, I doubt it has to do with horses as usually those are carried by Kalitta 727's. I've noticed that they always park along the tarmac near the threshold of 17L rather than at the air cargo building, I know there's a reason for this but I forget why.
RFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2347 times:
I asked one of our pilots for the two bizjets the company has based at SDF that question once. He told me that the An-124 would take up so much of the ramp by the Air Cargo building that it would interfere with passenger aircraft ops for the west side of the terminal. And that it would cause many of the smaller cargo carriers to not be able to use the building.
The taxiway area which is labled as K on the FAA Airport Diagram is stressed for that much weight. Much of the ramp area is not. Also, parking a very large aircraft there does not interfere with any other airport operations.