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 early 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.
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 risked took my eyes away from the viewfinder to watch unimpeded as the hulking mass of aviation 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.