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Antonov AN-124 At ONT  
User currently offlinespeedbrds From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 98 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 10 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3064 times:

I passed by Ontario Airport (sorry, excuse me LA/ONT Airport) today and saw two Volga-Dnep or Polet Airlines Antonov AN-124s parked where the old terminals are. Does anyone have any information as to why they are in SoCal? It was a bit of surprise to see two as I have seen one on a couple other occasions. They seem to frequent Ontario quiet a lot.

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24312 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

Its Antonov Design Bureau Airlines aircraft. It flew in off a military charter from the UK to El Centro Naval Air Facility.


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User currently onlineas739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 5997 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

There is one at OAK also.

Invasion maybe??  



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24312 posts, RR: 47
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

There are actually 3 floating around having flown charters into El Centro over the weekend.

Ontario had a Polet AN124 last Thursday also.



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User currently offlineBeardown91737 From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 429 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2474 times:

Why do they leave El Centro? Insufficient space at the facility for them to stay there?


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User currently offlineavi8tir From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 404 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2424 times:
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there were also 2 at IAH over the last weeks... 2nd one left yesterday.


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User currently offlineDahlgardo From Denmark, joined Sep 2004, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2224 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
Its Antonov Design Bureau Airlines aircraft. It flew in off a military charter from the UK to El Centro Naval Air Facility.

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but what can a An124 do that a C-5 cannot ?
Would think the USAF would have plenty of those around to move outsize cargo.



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User currently onlinetb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

Quoting Beardown91737 (Reply 4):
Why do they leave El Centro? Insufficient space at the facility for them to stay there?

Typically after you are done at an air base with a charter, they don't want you hanging around waiting for your next trip. It can be a hassle getting out to the aircraft once you leave it as well. It may also have to do with space at some of them. ONT is a good airport to hang out at waiting for your next assignment.

It was cool seeing them both there though, I came in Monday and left early this morning and they were still both sitting there.



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User currently offlineBluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3152 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

The An124 charters are primarily for USN and USMC ops. Since the C-5 Galaxy is a USAF bird, USAF cargo flights come 1st. The An124 charters are frequent visitors to NGF (MCB Hawai‘i at Kane‘ohe Bay) and HNL with many CH-53 deployments and returns.


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