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AN-124 Sighted On Approach To TUL!  
User currently offlinecontrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1833 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4171 times:

This afternoon I spotted a Polet AN-124 on approach to TUL from El Centro, CA, flight 4205 (per FlightAware). Polet is an air cargo airline, and the AN-124 is the world's largest cargo plane.

I have seen an AN-124 before at HNL, but it was certainly a surprise to see one around here. I have no idea what it was doing here. Any A-Netters know?


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25357 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4127 times:

You kinda answered your own question.
If it was routed from El Centro is was on a military charter. Naval Air Facility El Centro is a busy training location with bombing ranges nearby and all.



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User currently offlinecsturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1471 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3961 times:

Quoting contrails (Thread starter):
and the AN-124 is the world's largest cargo plane.

I believe that title goes to the An-225.



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User currently offlineN243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1632 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3941 times:

TUL sees the 124 every so often - IIRC it has handled oversize oil drilling equipment and maybe even engines for the AA maintenance base in the past.


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User currently offlineouboy79 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 4599 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3877 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
If it was routed from El Centro is was on a military charter. Naval Air Facility El Centro is a busy training location with bombing ranges nearby and all.

Which I guess would make sense for the origin, but not the destination. Tulsa really has a minimal military presence to where I would not expect an 124 to be needed. Who knows. Maybe they needed somethings worked by the mx folks up there.


User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3632 times:

The aircraft flew from RAF Brize Norton (BZZ) in the UK to MSP to NAF El Centro - obviously a military cargo.

The aircraf then flew to TUL - I do not see where it has departed or is scheduled to depart.

However, it would be very likely the El Centro-TUL leg was a positioning flight and the plane will be moving TUL origin cargo to another airport today (Sunday).


User currently offlinesoonerflyer From United States of America, joined May 2010, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3414 times:

Spirit Aerosystems here in Tulsa makes wing components for Gulfstream jets. I don't remember the exact model of the top of my head. When I was working at the airport the An-124 would be I'm around once a month. Quite a sight to see takeoff and land. The main runway 36L/18R is currently closed for MTC, so it would have used 8/26.

User currently offlinepiedmont727 From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

Quoting csturdiv (Reply 2):

well an225 was bigggest and sprus goose but when we talk about regular flying or still flying an-124 wins


User currently offlinekhpn From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 156 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1789 times:

anybody get a shot of this bad boy at SWF? looks like it arrived a little while ago according to flight aware..
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/POT4747


User currently offlineBlueSky1976 From Poland, joined Jul 2004, 1884 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

Quoting piedmont727 (Reply 7):
well an225 was bigggest and sprus goose but when we talk about regular flying or still flying an-124 wins

An-225 is in regular cargo charter service by Antonov Airlines, I believe, so don't put it in the same drawer as the Spruce Goose, please.



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User currently offlinecontrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 1514 times:

Quoting ouboy79 (Reply 4):
If it was routed from El Centro is was on a military charter. Naval Air Facility El Centro is a busy training location with bombing ranges nearby and all.

Which I guess would make sense for the origin, but not the destination. Tulsa really has a minimal military presence to where I would not expect an 124 to be needed. Who knows. Maybe they needed somethings worked by the mx folks up there.

Also, can the US military charter a plane from a company based in Russia?

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
If it was routed from El Centro is was on a military charter.

Make

Quoting soonerflyer (Reply 6):
The main runway 36L/18R is currently closed for MTC, so it would have used 8/26.

That would explain the unusual (at least to me) approach. When I saw it the wind was out of the south, but the plane was well to the southeast of the airport and heading due east. It then went quite a ways east before heading north. A landing on 8/26 would explain that.



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User currently onlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2930 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 11 hours ago) and read 1490 times:

Quoting contrails (Reply 10):
Also, can the US military charter a plane from a company based in Russia?

Yes, usually the flights to MSP are for MNANG deployments. We get AN-124s regularly here in COS for deployments from Peterson and Ft. Carson. Even the odd IL-76.



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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 31
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1271 times:

Quoting contrails (Reply 10):
can the US military charter a plane from a company based in Russia?

Yes, it happens quite frequently. The US military is one of the steady AN-124 customers.

There are certain cargo's where the AN-124 is the only civilian aircraft available to carry the load. There are also other times when the AN-124 owners/airline are the definite low bidder for certain types of load/ routes.

Quite a bit of US military cargo, and personnel are moved on civilian charters.

Military organic airlift are usually focused on classified cargo or other sensitive items not suitable for civilian transport.


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