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.
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