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Antonov at the airport?

By smokey2 - 6 November 2006 20

Is that a Russian Antonov AN-124 sitting at Canberra airport?

It has Russian colours on the tail.

If it is then it is the largest plane to land there and is used to transport the Erickson skycrane. – these are being assembled by going past the old Fairbairn air force base and just past the current airforce hangers.

The AN-124 can carry a payload of 230 tonnes. Approx 100 of these aircraft were built and are the largest commercially operated aircraft in the world. They are 30% larger than a C5 galaxy.

If they bring these freighters in at night it will be just like back home on the Mornington Peninsula and listening to the freighter (probably an old jumbo) going overhead at 3:00 am to Avalon.

[Ed – They have just completed the air-strip improvements and are very excited about being able to take heavier freight (shame about lacking a railhead or decent road links)]

UPDATED: xpantz has linked to a picture!

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Antonov at the airport?
farnarkler 5:51 pm 06 Apr 13

Thumper, a C5 is bigger than a C141 Starlifter, much bigger. Smokey you’re close but the AN124’s big brother, the Mriya isn’t physically much bigger but can carry 100 tonnes more. Source: for C5 vs C141 and for AN124 vs AN225.

Pork Hunt 5:32 pm 06 Apr 13

The An-225 is the largest plane in the world and according to Wikipedia is in commercial operation.

Thumper, I think you have your two aircraft arse about. πŸ™‚

dungfungus 3:45 pm 06 Apr 13

seepi said :

I heard the airport guy on WIN tonight trumpeting Canberra as competition to Sydney airport for freight, as we have no curfew, unlike well managed cities…great. Will these huge planes arrive all through the night soon?

Not while Canberra is an AQIS declared Rural Destination. Then the freight has to transported to Sydney or Melbourne (anywhere but Canberra) at great expense. If it were viable it would be happening now.

onetonne 11:23 am 06 Apr 13

Anyone know what the grey planes were at Fairbairn this week? One big and one small.

Pandy 10:32 pm 06 Nov 06

The Beluga is bigger than this pisss-ant Sovietoski plane. Go to the airbusdotcom home page.

ant 10:07 pm 06 Nov 06

Remember those giant grey planes that brought the vehicles for Bush’s visit? Monsters, huge. their wings seemed to be drooping onto the tarmac.

And YES! Snow bought the airport because it has no curfew! He wants to bring jets in from Singapore at 2am. And freight planes are actually noisier. Even if the train doesn’t happen in the near future, he’ll dream something else up.

There’s a big demand to be able to land big planes in Eastern Australia during the early hours of the morning. It would mean more potential for more takeoffs from places like Asia and The Americas. Snow can see big money in it. He actually stated, back when he bought the airport, that the biggie for him was the lack of a curfew.

seepi 8:08 pm 06 Nov 06

I heard the airport guy on WIN tonight trumpeting Canberra as competition to Sydney airport for freight, as we have no curfew, unlike well managed cities…great. Will these huge planes arrive all through the night soon?

xpantz 7:45 pm 06 Nov 06

pic here


terubo 3:50 pm 06 Nov 06

Well off you go, tortfeaser – go get some. We can’t rely on JB & Kerces to do all the snappin’.

tortfeaser 3:25 pm 06 Nov 06

This thread needs pics.

Swaggie 12:58 pm 06 Nov 06

That Eurobus (Airbus?) plane was here a few years ago wasn’t it? I think it’s called the Beluga but an Antonov 124 is waaay bigger (if bigger is longer although the Beluga might be ‘higher’)

Pandy 12:14 pm 06 Nov 06

The plane that transports fuselage sections of the Eurobus A380 is likely bigger.

Indi 11:57 am 06 Nov 06

pity about the railhead – should be some serious lobbying done right now with ACT/NSW/Fed govt’s to keep the national capital railway station in place (and given a bit of an overhaul).

Pity NSW Rail doesn’t see fit to enter into little chats with the ACT govt (who aren’t all that interested either)…

Thumper 9:11 am 06 Nov 06

Um, many years ago…

Thumper 9:10 am 06 Nov 06

They are one big bad boy of an aircraft.

I remember seeing a Galaxy in Norfolk VA many years and thought that it was big, until a Starlifter taxied up next to it.

Watching that thing later take off was amazing…

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