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Antonov An-124 Ruslan (RA-82044)


The Wind is picking up and its going to be a cold and windy night for the crew to work off loading the cargo.


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Gary Schenauer
Excellent catch in less-than-balmy conditions, Frsnk. Looks like you and another contributor named Fiona were both determined to get that amazing a/c. "Fives" to you both and to others who caught it.
Frank ReardonPhoto Uploader
Thank you very much Gary Schnauzer for your kind words. It was a very cold and windy night. I had a lot of issues with my camera icing up and the electronics started film on me. It was my first time seeing this plane and there was nothing going to stop me from photographing it. More of my shots here on Flickr
Gary Schenauer
I understand about your difficulties while shooting out in the adverse weather. I've experienced the same thing. But just seeing this shot tells me a lot about you and a couple others who were also out there. I'd rather view one or two pics taken by spotters like you who are intense and ultra-enthusiastic than fifty shots taken from the same tired old angle by some pseudo spotter who is only out there when all the conditions are perfect and whose every shot is the "left front quarter panel" variety. Just the couple you pposted of this bird are amazing. (That thru-the-fence snap of yours is primo. I love it! 90% of today's "spotters" have no imagination; they would never have even seen the uniqueness of taking a click like that.) I admire your spotter motivation and spirit, Frank, and I Thank You for sharing your pics.
Frank ReardonPhoto Uploader
I am deeply Honoured Gary for your kind words. I try my best as a photographer to do something different that stands out. For example I was out photographing the Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane this morning at 6:30 Am and it was very cold. But an amazing experience being able to get so close to the Sikorsky and obtaining some amazing shots for the first time. Feeling the wind from when she was taking off is the best experience. You can check them out the photos here :

Thanks again for your kind words. I am glad people are being my photos and not just sitting on a server somewhere.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
14-Dec-2019 A124Darwin Int'l / RAAF ()U-Tapao Int'l () 07:30AM ACST 10:58AM +07 Scheduled
13-Dec-2019 A124Melbourne Tullamarine ()Darwin Int'l / RAAF () 04:52PM AEDT 07:36PM ACST 4:14
12-Dec-2019 A124Port Moresby/Jackson Int'l ()Melbourne Tullamarine () 10:41AM +10 04:10PM AEDT 4:29
11-Dec-2019 A124Melbourne Tullamarine ()Port Moresby/Jackson Int'l () 05:39PM AEDT 08:48PM +10 (?) 4:08
11-Dec-2019 A124Avalon ()Melbourne Tullamarine () 01:26PM AEDT 01:48PM AEDT 0:21
08-Dec-2019 A124Melbourne Tullamarine ()Avalon () 09:46PM AEDT 09:58PM AEDT 0:11
07-Dec-2019 A124Darwin Int'l / RAAF ()Melbourne Tullamarine () 03:39PM ACST 09:22PM AEDT 4:12
07-Dec-2019 A124Sultan Hasanuddin Int'l ()Darwin Int'l / RAAF () 08:18AM WITA 12:08PM ACST 2:19
03-Dec-2019 UnknownVostochny ()Helsinki-Vantaa () 03:14PM MSK 04:59PM EET 2:45
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