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Giant cargo plane lands in Great Falls

Posted: Feb 01, 2018 10:43 PM Updated:

One of the largest cargo planes in the world landed in Great Falls on Thursday night.

The Russian Antonov AN-124 plane landed earlier in the day, and took off at about 10 p.m. headed for San Juan, Puerto Rico.

While on the ground in Great Falls, parts for a helicopter were loaded into the back.

MTN News is told it’s one of the few planes that can handle the cargo.

Dwight Holman told KRTV that the plane is contracted to ship the Sikorsky 64 Skycrane to Puerto Rico to help rebuild their electrical grid.

The plane’s last stop was in Seattle. 
It’s now on a non-stop flight from Great Falls to San Juan.
AirCharterServicesUSA.com says of the plane:

The cargo transport behemoth, which has the NATO reporting name “Condor”, was designed in the 1980s in the Ukrainian SSR, part of the Soviet Union (USSR). At the time it was the world's heaviest gross weight production cargo airplane, a position the An-124 kept for decades until the arrival of the Boeing 747-8F in 2010. The An-124 remains the largest military transport aircraft in the world.
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