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Smokin touchdown photos: Behemoth Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan visits Bangalore

It is essentially the world’s largest cargo airplane. Capable of carrying 120 metric tonnes it is surpassed by only the Antonov An-225 of which only one aircraft is in existence. It is the Antonov An-124-100M-150 Ruslan.

Last Saturday, a Ruslan registration RA-82078, operated by Volga Dnepr Airlines, visited Bangalore to carry a satellite for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to French Guyana aboard the Arianne rocket and I managed to capture some pictures of this behemoth landing.

Considering the size, the crew put the plane on to runway 27 very gently, but I still scored the smokin’ touchdown.

A better appreciation of the An-124’s size can be gauged from this photograph.

To see more smokin touchdowns click here.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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