IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6305 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2314 times:
I've seen the An-224 3 times in Tucson. The first two were to pick up.....things from a large company on the SW side of the airport. The third was to pick of a load of ostriches for transport to Australia. Australia needs to import ostriches?
Many 124s were built but only 1 225 was completed. There are parts for one more 225 in Kiev but I doubt a second will ever be built.
Bh From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2310 times:
It flies in quite often into BWI it has brought in old russian tanks,relief supplies to devastated countries,took out aerospace componets,did a fuel stop while taken volkswagon parts from germany to mexico and once took out tractor trailers of ice cream out to the middle east(some factory was on strike or something so a bussinessman took out a boatload of it to make some money off of it.
Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2300 times:
The 124 never came to ATL airport, but it did come to a military base in Atlanta. When that US spy plane crashed in China, eventually China allowed us to have it back and it was brought to an airforce base in Atlanta. The An-124 was used to transport it. Unfortunately I didn't see it. I don't even know if the base was allowing spectators.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8018 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2255 times:
The An-124 is a regular visitor to NUQ (Moffett Federal Airfield, Mountain View, CA). This is because the plane is often used to pick up satellites from Lockheed Martin for delivery to Cape Canaveral or ESA's Kuroru launch site in French Guiana.
Treg From Estonia, joined Oct 2001, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2225 times:
Volga-Dnepr An-124 was earlier this year several times in TLL (Tallinn, Estonia) for transporting humanitarian aid to Afganistan (mainly trucks and trailers for UN). I don't think they landed in Afganistan but somewhere in the neighboring countries.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2211 times:
Now that the ban on them has been lifted, they should start dropping by regularly here in YQG (Windsor ON). RA-82045 (VDA) was the first and only one to visit so far a couple of weeks ago. Before the ban they would also come around every month or so to pick up auto parts mainly.
Some An-124's have been manufactured as late as the mid 90's. AFAIK the productions lines are still capable of producing further a/c provided there are customers (although for the past few years they have just been converting 124's to 124-100's for the commercial operators). There might even be some semi-completed units (like the 2nd An-225 in the ADB facility near Kiev) waiting for funds for work to be completed.
NZ767 From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2209 times:
AN124 has never been to Wellington (NZWN).
Nearest it comes to us is Auckland (NZAA) and with the Americas Cup coming up again, it becomes a regular visitor transporting yachts in from around the world.
Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2191 times:
I've seen AN-124's at ORD, IND, SDF, BDL, and at Airborne Express's airport in Wilmington, Ohio. The Ohio airplanes were picking big GE engines to take to Everett, WA for Boeing. In SDF, I've seen 2 at the same time; but I don't know why they were there. In the "Oh, by the way!!" department ; the AN-124 does not have a trimmable horizontal stabilizer, which should put restrictions on the max cruise Mach and max operating Mach numbers.
N737MC From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 678 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2151 times:
Actually, here in Denver when the AN-124 or the IL-76 comes in they always arrive with a crapload of pallets, then leave empty. Everytime before I go out spotting, I make sure I check the flight tracker before, so I catch them landing.
The IL-76 that comes most often is 7T-WIE of Algerian Air Force. Always in with Pallets, but leaves empty for FLL. and the AN-124 lately has been arriving from CYUL. It is full of Pallets, dropping off things, but leaves empty for CYUL as well.