Close sidebar

Antonov An-124 arrives in Melbourne

written by Adam Thorn | February 23, 2021
Antonov An-124-100M, UR-82008, arrives in Melbourne to pick up mining equipment (Dave Soda)
Antonov An-124-100M, UR-82008, arrives in Melbourne to pick up mining equipment (Dave Soda)

Australian Aviation photographer Dave Soda was on hand to catch the moment a 34-year-old Antonov An-124-100M arrived in Melbourne to pick up mining equipment.

UR-82008, msn 19530501006, departed Johor Bahru Senai, Malaysia, on 19 February at 10:18am as flight ADB3725 and landed in Perth at 3:42pm.

The next day, it departed Perth for Melbourne, arriving at 12:49pm on 20 February, when these photos were taken.


UR-82008 departed the Victorian capital on 21 February to head to Darwin, before continuing on to Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

In November 2020, Australian Aviation reported how the same UR-82008 arrived in Brisbane to collect classic F/A-18A Hornets from Williamtown for delivery to Canada, which had purchased them to boost their own air force.

Local reports said the acquisition cost of the aircraft was C$90 million ($95 million), while a total of C$500 million ($525 million) had been budgeted for the acquisition, which will also include spares and the fitting of unspecified “Canadian-specific equipment” and upgrades.

For just $59.95 a year, you can keep up to date with the very best of Australian Aviation each month, directly via our app! Our app is available on mobile, tablet and PC devices. So what are you waiting for? Go digital with Australian Aviation and read up on all missed special coverage, exclusive photos and editions. Subscribe now at



  • Our retired classic A model Hornets must have still had a fair bit of airframe fatigue life remaining for the Canadians to have purchased a batch of them. Interesting story!

  • These ‘Antonov’s sure are big airplanes, they must be well built and very efficient for the work they are required to do
    I would love to experience a long haul in one.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Each day, our subscribers are more informed with the right information.

SIGN UP to the Australian Aviation magazine for high-quality news and features for just $99.95 per year