Aircraft Photos Medford Airport
Antonov AN-124-100. The World's second largest aircraft. Photographed January 25, 2003.
From where I live, the Medford International Airport (MFR) is just about one mile away. I can sit on my front porch and watch planes come and go. I have always been rather fascinated by all types of planes, especially the large ones.
During the last few months I have been able to see Air Force One, which is a 747 series 200. This is a very large and beautiful plane. Later on in this page I have some pictures that I took of it while it was here in Medford.
On Saturday, January 25, 2003, I stepped out my front door just in time to see the Antonov AN-124-100 on final approach to Medford coming in from the north. I could not believe that something that large could fly. I went over to the airport and took some pictures that I hope you will enjoy of this amazing aircraft.
The reason it was here, was to load up two of the huge Erickson Air Crane helicopters and fly them to Australia where both of them will be used to fight the fires that are burning out of control there. They arrived in Australia on Monday, January 27, 2003. To see the Air Crane in action, CLICK HERE.
This is the AN-124-100 in flight. This plane is Russian built as is the AN-225. The AN-124 is called the Ruslan and has the NATO designation of Condor.
This is the AN-225 just taking off. This plane is called the Mriya and has the NATO designation of Cossack. This is the World's largest aircraft and only one has been built as of this date.
The company that owns the AN-124-100 that flew the two air cranes to Australia, is Volga-Dnepr Airlines. This is a Russian company that has a fantastic web site that you need to visit. The information is very interesting and their gallery of pictures is fascinating.
Here are our photos of the AN-124-100 on it's visit
Air Force One
This is Air Force One on a recent visit to Medford. Pictures are looking to the west across the runways.
This is as close as I could get before people started yelling at me. This is looking towards the east with RoxyAnn mountain in the background.