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.