For people who like watching planes at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, this thing got a lot of attention over the weekend.
Tyler Hastings of Hudson, Wisconsin, got an up-close-and-personal view.
It’s a Soviet-built Antonov 225, the longest and heaviest airplane ever built.
It was to depart the airport yesterday afternoon, but the plane stayed another night and is now scheduled to leave town this evening.
It’ll look like this (Saturday’s departure from Edmonton, Alberta, heading for MSP):
Only one Antonov 225 was built. It was originally intended to carry the Russian version of a space shuttle.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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