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Giant Russian cargo plane lands in Stockton

10:46 AM, Apr 30, 2010   |    comments
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STOCKTON, CA (AP) -- One of the largest airplanes in the world flew above Northern California Friday.

A Russian-made AN-124 landed at Stockton Metropolitan Airport early Friday morning.

The giant cargo plane stopped in Stockton as part of a training exercise. Once on the ground, two U.S. Army Chinook tandem-rotor helicopters from the California Army National Guard were to be loaded onto the plane for transport to Alaska.

National Guard officials say they believe its the first time the Russian cargo plane has landed in Stockton.

First introduced in 1986, the AN-124 has a capacity greater than the U.S. military's C-5 Galaxy.

The plane departed Stockton after a few hours on the ground.

The Associated Press

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