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Antonov An-124 Ruslan (CCCP82008) - On short final for runway 23, this was the first visit of an An-124 to Adelaide, January 15, 1990.
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Antonov An-124 Ruslan (CCCP82008)


On short final for runway 23, this was the first visit of an An-124 to Adelaide, January 15, 1990.


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Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
The impending arrival was publicized and a reported crowd, if I recall correctly, of about 10,000 turned out to see it. It arrived empty to pick up a shipment later and once safely parked, it was opened to the public for viewing.
Viv Pike
Gavin - change the type code to A124
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Thanks Viv, fixed with help from FA but now I know how to do it too.
Gary Schenauer
Another excellent ***** click, Gavin. And as an FYI to you about the reg .... In the years after you took this pic, this one was reregistered and the reg is now UR-82008.
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Thanks Gary. The re-reg's of course would have been because the Ukraine got out of Russian control and got their own reg system along with a lot of their own planes. From your info, this was one of the latter. I note there are numerous photos on this, and other websites, with the post-Aeroflot liveries. Several pics are from Adelaide, but so far, I haven't got it in the later livery.
ken kemper

Awesome vintage photo.
Around the same time frame saw an AN-124 put on a flight demo at EAA Oshkosh that was a real crowd pleaser.
Gavin HughesPhoto Uploader
Ken... Thanks for the compliment. I assume with the display at Oshkosh, they did things with it that shouldn't normally happen, and as with all large aircraft doing what they normally shouldn't do, it's always a spectacular sight. Stay safe.
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