Antonov Deliver Rescue Helicopter

Sunday 16th of April saw the Antonov AN124 arrive at Sydney Airport. 

The Ukrainian registered UR-82008 arrived on schedule from BKK at 14:30pm local time. Intermittent cloud foiled some of the northern end of the airfield shots, but conditions were perfect at the Runway Beach on Botany Bay for the Rwy 16R arrival. 

Once on the ground, this bohemoth of an aircraft shows it's true size, and perfectly captured by Nigel Coghlan in these images below. 

 Touchdown!   Image: Nigel Coghlan

Touchdown! Image: Nigel Coghlan

 Engines Off after the 9 hour flight from Bangkok.   Image: Nigel Coghlan

Engines Off after the 9 hour flight from Bangkok. Image: Nigel Coghlan

 This aircraft's ability to lift the nose completely allows for huge payloads of freight that would otherwise be impossible for air travel.    Image: Nigel Coghlan

This aircraft's ability to lift the nose completely allows for huge payloads of freight that would otherwise be impossible for air travel.  Image: Nigel Coghlan

The AN124 stayed overnight at Sydney Airport, and departed for Bangladesh at around 8am this morning. Hopefully, we get another glimpse of this beauty, soon!

Cheers

Lush