Spotting an Antonov An-124

Skirting a storm on approach.

Last Saturday @kbosspotter alerted me that an An-124 was due at KPSM (Portsmouth, NH) later that day (thank you for that!). My youngest daughter and I drove there and were able to witness this huge aircraft arrive.

The specific aircraft in question is an An-124-100 Ruslan (UR-82029, c/n 19530502630) operated by Antonov Airlines, a subsidiary of the Antonov Design Bureau. It flew to NH from France, and later in the afternoon continued on to NC.

Here are some pictures.

Certainly an impressive sight when it approaches.
Certainly an impressive sight when it approaches.

Landing...
Landing…
Taxiing in past the NH ANG aircraft.
Taxiing in past the NH ANG aircraft.
Parked on the ramp. Note the people (for scale).
Parked on the ramp. Note the people (for scale).

I have never seen one of these fly before, although I have photographed them before (including the bigger An-225 Mriya). Photos below.

I took this photo in Calgary, AB on 2005-05-19. This is RU-82078 of the cargo airline Volga-Dnepr.
I took this photo in Calgary, AB on 2005-05-19. This is RU-82078 of the cargo airline Volga-Dnepr.
I photographed the only Antonov An-225 Mriya (CCCP-82060, c/n 01-01) in Paris in June 1989. It carried the Russian space shuttle Buran.
I photographed the only Antonov An-225 Mriya (CCCP-82060, c/n 01-01) in Paris in June 1989. It carried the Russian space shuttle Buran.
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