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World's Largest Operational Airplane Headed to Anchorage

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Nailhead, Apr 30, 2020.

  1. Nailhead

    Nailhead Inclusion Rider

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    Hi-- not from around here, but from geeking out on aircraft during Covid and watching FlightRadar 24 I learned that the Antonov AN-225 is headed to Anchorage on its way to Montreal today. It is estimated to be landing at 4:28 local time.

    The AN-225 is a six-engined cargo plane built by the Soviets to transport their space shuttle. It has since been converted to haul nearly twice the weight a 747 can, and lands on 32 wheels. 32.

    I post this up because I'd love to see that beast in the flesh, but since it's not headed my way I thought I'd post this up so someone else with similar obsessions can enjoy the spectacle.

    Please post pix.

    Enjoy.
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  2. AlaskaSolstice

    AlaskaSolstice Alaskan Adventurer

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    Nailhead,

    That is quite the plane! I will see if I can get out there to see it. I use Flightradar24 occasionally to track incoming flights when I'm headed to the airport to pick someone up, but I couldn't find that flight. Do you know where it is coming from so I can search for it. I use the free/cheap version. It would be helpful to know which direction it will be landing, and also, do you know if it has a scheduled time to take off again, or just whenever they get done fueling etc?

    Gary
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  3. AlaskaSolstice

    AlaskaSolstice Alaskan Adventurer

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    OK, I just found it. Looks like it is coming from Tianjin, China
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  4. Nailhead

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    It'll probably be an overnight stay so the pilots can rest. At least that's what they've been doing on their flights from Tianjin to Europe: they always fuel & stay awhile in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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  5. Nailhead

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    Registration is UR-82060 for those who want to update themselves.

    1:30 out-- get those cameras ready, people!
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  6. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it? Supporter

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  7. Nailhead

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  8. Nailhead

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    On final, you lucky bastids:

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    Have fun, stay safe!
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  9. ThatGuy

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    @Nailhead the local news station KTUU did a live broadcast which is on Facebook or try going to thier website KTUU.com
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  10. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it? Supporter

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    Correct. I also read that there is only one AN-225.
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  11. Nailhead

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    Actually, more like 1 7/10– there is another 70% complete in a warehouse in Kyiv. At least one attempt has been made to complete it to no avail so far.
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  12. Nailhead

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    Good vid— thanks for the HU!
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  13. neppi

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    Back in the 90’s these Russian guys came to jump from perfectly functional airplanes at our DZ in south-east Finland and they told stories from these planes.

    Their own DZ was on the other side of this Russian airforce base that hosted these ANs. Every now and then the army pilots would call these skydivers and say they need to do some airtime on the AN and that they could give the skydivers a lift to the altitude on the way...

    Empty worlds biggest plane with just the crew and four (!) skydivers going up to 16,000+ft. What would you do?

    Well, they were playing football!

    edit: twas 124 thou now that I think about it

    they also mentioned the tailgate being big enough... ;)
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  14. AK650

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    Just saw it when we landed at ANC this evening, parked next to a 747. Pretty impressive!
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  15. AlaskaSolstice

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  16. AlaskaSolstice

    AlaskaSolstice Alaskan Adventurer

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    neppi Long timer

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    Is there a ”show your bike with the biggest plane on earth” -topic?

    Nice pics!
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  18. Tinto

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    Ha I knew it! Trump sold Alaska back to the Russians and the 32 wheeler brings in the bullions to settle the account.
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  19. Nailhead

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    Good stuff, ya lucky FF's-- thanks!:super
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  20. Nailhead

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    The AN-225 has no rear loading ramp, so no parachute jumps for large groups, small towns, entire graduating classes, etc...
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