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World’s largest cargo plane stops in Anchorage on its way to Canada with medical supplies

The world's largest cargo plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, arrived at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Thursday, April 30, 2020, while transporting medical supplies to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Bill Roth / ADN)

The world’s largest cargo plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, landed in Anchorage on Thursday for a layover while transporting medical supplies from China to Canada. The An-225 is a one-of-a-kind plane originally developed to transport the Soviet Union’s Buran shuttle and components of the Energiya rocket.

Antonov An-124 Ruslan, left, taxis for departure as the world's largest cargo plane, Antonov An-225 Mriya, arrived at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Thursday, April 30, 2020, while transporting medical supplies to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Bill Roth / ADN)

The Ukrainian airplane recently returned to the skies after an 18-month modernization overhaul, and has been transporting medical supplies from China to countries around the world. Before this flight to Montreal, the plane delivered more than 8 million face masks to Germany.

The world's largest cargo plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, is parked at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Thursday, April 30, 2020. The aircraft was transporting medical supplies to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

The An-225 is the world’s heaviest plane, with a maximum takeoff weight of 1.4 million pounds, and can carry large, bulky cargo like wind turbine blades.

A person takes a photo of the world's largest cargo plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, while it is parked at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Thursday, April 30, 2020. The aircraft was transporting medical supplies to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Antonov, the company that operates the plane, has been working since 2016 to complete the build of a second An-225, which was started in the 1980s but never completed.

The world's largest cargo plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, landed at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Thursday, April 30, 2020, while transporting medical supplies to Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Bill Roth / ADN)

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