09 July 2006

Antonov Airlines' UR-82027

An Antonov Airlines (Antonov Design Bureau dba) An-124-100 "Ruslan" arrived from POM (Port Moresby International Airport, Papua New Guinea) today as ADB142F (which was also their callsign). UR-82027 (msn 19530502288/208) landed on Rwy 4R, exited at T/W K, but had to taxi around Rwys 4 and 8L to get to the UPS ramp. It's seen here taxiing on T/W C following a guide vehicle.

This was tech stop for the An-124 , it left HNL for NUQ (Moffett Federal Airfield [fka Naval Air Station Moffett Field], Mountain View, CA) around 1600L.

On 2 flight tracking sites, they had ADB142F listed to arrive after 23:00L. I was about to leave this location, when I heard the Russian-accented pilot call HNL ATC for clearance to land on Rwy 4R. I had a front row seat to watch this Russian behemoth land on 4R, and make its way to the UPS ramp. For a big jet, it's pretty quiet.

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