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The AN-124 in Sydney – An unusual but welcome visitor!

The 12th of October 2020, was an unusual day for Sydney Airport. It saw the arrival of a 4-engined behemoth, the AN-124 “Ruslan”.

The AN-124 registered no. RA-82042, operated by Volga-Depnr Group was delivering one of two Erickson Skycrane fire-fighting helicopters as well as support equipment for the New South Wales fire fighting force for the upcoming fire season. The flight came in from Athens via Kuala Lumpur.

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After spending 12 + hours in the ground, the “Ruslan” departed at 11 pm AEST for the United States mainland via Honolulu, Hawaii

The delivery is a welcome sight for Australian’s who are still reeling from the horror 2019/2020 summer bushfire season.

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Vik Singh

Vik was born in Auckland, New Zealand, however he currently lives in Sydney, Australia. He absolutely loves aviation and works as a ramp agent in the aviation sector. When he is not working, you'll often find him flying from one place to another or collecting model aircraft!

2 comments

  • Great read Vik! What a combo Erickson+An-124. I had a chance to see this humongous aircraft in Turin, Northern Italy. Its dimensions are frightening. I believe it was carrying material to the US for Tesla. Here in Cuneo we have a firefighting Erickson, too, although I have never seen it.