Russian Plane over ANC

Old Aug 17, 19, 9:28 pm
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Russian Plane over ANC

I was just driving through Midtown Anchorage and noticed a plane flying over that didn't look quite right. Sure enough Flight Aware confirmed it was a Antonov An-124 Ruslan. I don't believe I've ever seen an Antonov in Anchorage before. Here is the Flight Aware link: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/...235Z/PANC/KIAH

I've also never heard of Volga-Dnepr Airlines. Two firsts for me tonight.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 9:32 pm
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I know these are the only planes that can transport the GE90, so might be trying to get an engine to a 77F.

There's also been one at SEA this summer pretty consistently. Suspect its also GE90 related.
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It's on its way to IAH now.

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Originally Posted by AKLifetimeFlyer View Post
I was just driving through Midtown Anchorage and noticed a plane flying over that didn't look quite right. Sure enough Flight Aware confirmed it was a Antonov An-124 Ruslan. I don't believe I've ever seen an Antonov in Anchorage before. Here is the Flight Aware link: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/...235Z/PANC/KIAH

I've also never heard of Volga-Dnepr Airlines. Two firsts for me tonight.
The AN-124 Is a super jumbo designed to carry over sized and/or overweight cargo. It flies charters around the world. It has been several years since I have seen one at ANC. Cool to know one is flying through. I wonder what the cargo is?
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Old Aug 17, 19, 9:39 pm
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Originally Posted by MonThruThurs View Post
I know these are the only planes that can transport the GE90, so might be trying to get an engine to a 77F.

There's also been one at SEA this summer pretty consistently. Suspect its also GE90 related.
I have seen one at YLW a few years back. I don't recall the cargo though.

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Old Aug 17, 19, 9:51 pm
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These An-124s were also fairly frequent visitors to KNUQ (Moffett Field) a bit north of SJC. Not sure if they still go there since I havenít worked in the area recently.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 10:46 pm
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Originally Posted by AKLifetimeFlyer View Post
I was just driving through Midtown Anchorage and noticed a plane flying over that didn't look quite right. Sure enough Flight Aware confirmed it was a Antonov An-124 Ruslan. I don't believe I've ever seen an Antonov in Anchorage before. Here is the Flight Aware link: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/...235Z/PANC/KIAH

I've also never heard of Volga-Dnepr Airlines. Two firsts for me tonight.
Not too uncommon for those beasts to land in ANC.

Since we are talking about Russian planes at ANC, also worth noting that Yakutia resumes its seasonal PKC-ANC flight tomorrow. Itís only running for a few weeks this year.
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Old Aug 17, 19, 11:04 pm
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Seen them several times in ANC and other locations in the US. Always exciting. From the title I was thinking it was a military aircraft...
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Not too uncommon for those beasts to land in ANC.

Since we are talking about Russian planes at ANC, also worth noting that Yakutia resumes its seasonal PKC-ANC flight tomorrow. It’s only running for a few weeks this year.
If only the frequency was a bit more, and a bit less $$$ for it.
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Old Aug 18, 19, 1:31 am
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A couple of weeks ago at ANC, there were at least 4 ea 747's cargo planes on the ramp at the same time one of the Dreamlifters (diverted). Like the Dreamlifters, wherever it goes, the Antonovs are a head turner.
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I see them pretty regularly in Tulsa, which is home to the main AA MX base. Took this pic a few months ago.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3fyMJAW...name=4096x4096
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Old Aug 18, 19, 7:15 am
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It was on the ground in Perth for 6 days, left 2 days ago.
Pretty regular visitor there too.
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I've seen these in PER a couple of times - I've always assumed they were transporting mining equipment. I think mining is a pretty big industry in Alaska too right?

Also to to be very technical the An-124 is Ukrainian (although Volga-Dnepr is a Russian airline I think?)
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Old Aug 18, 19, 8:44 am
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Originally Posted by Chugach View Post


Not too uncommon for those beasts to land in ANC.

Since we are talking about Russian planes at ANC, also worth noting that Yakutia resumes its seasonal PKC-ANC flight tomorrow. Itís only running for a few weeks this year.
Where is PKC? It's not listed in the FT airport code lookup.
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Where is PKC? It's not listed in the FT airport code lookup.
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