Australian Aviation photographer Lenn Bayliss has captured photos of an Antonov An-12, operated by cargo provider Ukraine Air Alliance, landing at Wellcamp Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
Performing flight 5003, the 55-year-old aircraft, registration UR-CGV, landed at Wellcamp on Tuesday following an overnight flight from Indonesia and a stop-over in Cairns.
The quad-turboprop departed from Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport on at 6:08am local time on Monday, travelling nearly nine hours to Cairns in far north Queensland, where it landed just after 6pm.
UR-CGV then took off from Cairns International Airport around 11:35am the following day, landing at Wellcamp around two hours and 45 minutes later.
According to Bayliss, who witnessed the landing, there was a “goodly crosswind in operation!”
It appears as though the Ukraine Air Alliance An-12 will depart around 3am on Wednesday morning, however, there is no information available at present on where the aircraft is headed.
Earlier this year, Bayliss was on hand to capture the moment another 55-year-old An-12B visited Wellcamp.
Operated by Cavok Air, UR-CEZ, msn 6344304, departed Kuala Lumpur on 20 February at 11:04pm as flight CVK7080 and landed in Darwin at 7:49am the next day.
On 22 February, it continued to Wellcamp where it stayed for another two days before heading to Melbourne as flight CVK7081. On 25 February, it departed the Victorian capital to head to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, as flight CVK7082.
“With the NATO code name ‘Cub’, the An-12 was a medium-lift transport for the old Soviet Union,” said Bayliss.
“Similar in function to the C-130 Hercules, the aircraft continues to provide a very active contribution as a commercial freighter generally and into some of the most difficult parts of the world. Cavok Air currently operates seven of the Antonov An-12.”