The Antonov-124

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By chance, we were in Sydney in March when an Antonov-124 Ruslan passed through on its way from the Avalon International Airshow. We took a train from the CBD to Tempe in the morning, though the Antonov was late to depart. We camped out on a few traffic bollards to wait. I spent the time photographing other incoming aircraft while Jack kept vigil.

After a few (6) hours, the unwieldy outline of the Antonov made it to short finals in the distance. With a camera in each hand, I took my eyes away from the viewfinder to watch unimpeded as the hulking mass of aircraft passed impossibly slowly over our heads. Fortunately, the shots lined up.

This particular Antonov-124, registered RA-82046, operates under Russian cargo company Volga-Dnepr Airlines. It's around 25 years old. It departed Sydney International the next day, bound for Hawaii. 

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Private Aircraft -Kenneth Munson

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Bought this at a book fair - $3! Private Aircraft Business and General - a pocket encyclopedia of word aircraft in colour since 1946. 80 full-color illustrations of private aircraft in planform. I wonder who Kev was?

Outside in and inside out

My article on the tough, built-to-last aircraft that brave the diverse environments of Australia and NZ is featured in this month's Aviator Magazine. The hash conditions of both countries require some pretty rugged aircraft. Have a look here.

A favorite

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This little mousey was photographed hiding by the suspension coils of Om Banna's 350 cc Royal Enfeild Bullet motorcycle.

The story goes that Om Banna was on his way out of Bangdi in Rajasthan, when he lost control of his motorcycle and was killed. Local police took the motorcycle to a nearby police station - only to have it vanish by the next morning. It was recovered later at its original crash site and taken back to the police station, only to have it vanish again. This continued for some time, with the bike faithfully returning to the crash site of Om Banna.

The bike's unwavering dedication to its rider endeared itself in the hearts of the locals and they built a glass housing for the Bullet Bike at the crash site. Now known as "Bullet Baba's Shrine", the site's sacred founder, Om Banna is said to ease the stress of travelers who pay their respects on the way past. 

As for the mouse, it went quietly undiscovered until I sorted through images some time later. It was a welcome surprise, and the photo has since become a favorite of mine.  

New project

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I've added a new project under the WIP tab on the homepage. It's a typology I plan to build on over time - portraits of commuters framed by fogged tram windows.