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World's Largest Airplane Lands At RDU

Posted October 27, 2006 8:15 a.m. EDT

— People around the Raleigh-Durham International Airport had the chance to see an unusual sight above them Friday, as the world's largest aircraft swept down to land.

The six-engine, 275-foot-long Antonov AN-225 was originally designed to provide a piggy-back for the Soviet Buran space shuttle. The plane is headed to Tanzania with a 242,000-pound portable power plant on board. It's scheduled to take off again around midnight.

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