Australian Aviation’s Lenn Bayliss took these photos of a 48-year-old Antonov An‑12BK landing in Wellcamp on 18 December.
Cavok Air-operated UR-KDM, msn 02348107, departed Kuala Lumpur at 7:32am on 17 December and landed in Darwin at 4:27pm, before continuing on to Wellcamp the next day.
Entering into service in 1959, the An‑12 was the go-to medium-range cargo transport for the Soviet air forces for close to three decades. It was effectively a major rival to the US Lockheed C-130 Hercules.
It was also renowned for its short runway capabilities, high-mounted wings, raised tail and strong lifting qualities.