Caution: Wake Turbulence

I caught this An-124 departing KBFI soon after I landed the other day. As I taxied in, it was being shepherded to the runway like a ship guided by tugboats. It waddled into position (LUAW, in aviation-speak, but it didn’t look anything like a hula) and, after a considerable wait at the end of the runway, trundled its way into the air. Given the relatively short takeoff roll, I suspect it wasn’t heavily loaded. To learn more about this behemoth, catch a documentary in the Mighty Planes series that the Smithsonian Channel runs periodically.