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Watch: Antonov An-124 lands at Wellcamp

written by Adam Thorn | October 9, 2020
An-124 Wellcamp 9 October 2020 departure 2020
Photographer Lenn Bayliss captures the moment the iconic aircraft departs Wellcamp on 9 October 2020

An Antonov An-124 landed at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport on 5 October and left today at 5:50am.

YouTuber Zach Clark took footage of the enormous Soviet-era jet touching down in Queensland, while Australian Aviation photographer Lenn Bayliss was on hand to capture the moment it departed.

The Antonov An-124-100, UR-82073 msn 9773054359139, departed Surabaya airport in Java at 5:25am on 5 October as flight ADB3514 and landed in Darwin at 10:49am. Shortly after, it left to continue on towards Toowoomba, where it landed at 12:30pm. It left four days later, on 9 October, at 5:50am.

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The iconic four-engine plane, one of the world’s heaviest, was created by Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in the Soviet Union. It is thought to have a maximum take-off weight of 402 tonnes and a gigantic wingspan of 73 metres.

In June, Australian Aviation reported how an Antonov An-124 Ruslan landed at Auckland Airport to deliver four new engines for Air New Zealand’s 787 Dreamliner fleet.

According to reports, two of the engines were new leases from Rolls-Royce, while the other had undergone maintenance work in Singapore. The plane belonged to Russian charter company Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

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5 Comments

  • Ken

    says:

    Would have been nice to read the reason why it landed at Wellcamp.

  • Teiemka

    says:

    Any idea why it was visiting Toowoomba?

  • Alex

    says:

    Antonov Airlines!!

  • I’m not particularly interested in why she landed at Wellcamp. Obviously there was a valid operational reason. Enough that she was able to grace the airfield for four days…

  • Josh

    says:

    Unsure exactly what they were for, but they offloaded several armoured vehicles of a type I didn’t recognise.

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