Dazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5511 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4515 times:
Thanks Serge, I saw that too, forgot about it (don't know too many spotters though in KJAN haha). I get these off flight tracker, but usually if I see it headed to a big airport I'll let the spotters know (post it or email). I still don't have a decent photo of one in the air on final or departing. Thought that POT9229 would be a nice one to nail.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4434 times:
"Pardon me, but what is a russian aircraft doing in U.S. Airspace?"
Well let's see, the An-124 (one of probably several in U.S airspace at any given time) could have been carrying a satellite from a production facility in California to a launch pad in Florida, it could have been carrying a spare engine for a stranded airliner, delivering an oversized load (such as a rail engine/car), picking up military hardware to deliver to a friendly nation (UH-60s for Austria, for instance), carrying humanitarian aid, or any other type of cargo that needs to be delivered somewhere who's owners/brokers chose the An-124 as their preferred method of transportation.
Not to mention the scheduled Aeroflot service etc.
P.S. Are you yet another one of those people who don't realize that the Cold War is over? And it's Russian for you buddy, I don't see you typing "u.s.", do I?
Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4312 times:
Also the fact that they keep one in Houston much of the time, as it is one of their US bases. Go to Volga website you can see their US addresses. It is cool to see one at IAH- and Ellington field when I get home for leave and such. We even hire them to work for our depots sometimes. I saw them in Saudi several times in the last few months
Believe it or not, we in the Air Force own several F.S.U airplanes i.e. we call them Former Soviet Union aircraft. At Hurlburt in Florida we have AN-32, 2, and in other bases we have many many MiGs. We have them for Various reasons.
2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4308 times:
When a Marine Expedionary Brigade came back from SW Asia at the begining of the year they were transported from there (Okinawa I think...) to Miramar in several AN-124's....Sort of ironic when I think about my military training at the height of the Cold War.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13423 posts, RR: 77
Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4211 times:
BR715-A1-30, it gets worse (for you), a US rocket (cannot remember what type) uses Russian engines left over from their abortive Lunar Programme.
These closed-cycle engines amazed US rocket engineers with their efficiency, 70 odd were built before being mothballed in the mid 70's.