The jet to the left here is the Ukrainian-‘born’ Antonov An-225. Allegedly it is the largest aircraft currently flying (shades of the Spruce Goose). It is seen here leaving Baghdad Airport for its home after having dropped off ballot materials for the forthcoming election. (I guess they’re anticipating quite a turnout.) Besides showing the thrilling connection between the Ukrainian election and the Iraqi one, I take some (very distant) pride of authorship for this photograph, which was taken with my old Canon G-4 by the more than capable hands of Mudville Gazette. People have accused me of being a “chickenhawk” for advocating the war in Iraq, but not going myself. Well… I did send my camera. Click the link to Mudville for more on the Iraq-Ukraine connection.