Loaded with unspecified cargo, the Antonov AN-124-100 Ruslan (UR-82029) takes off from Canberra International Airport at 6 am this morning. First flight in 1991, the aircraft departed to the North, bound for Darwin. The AN-124 is the world's second heaviest gross weight production cargo aircraft behind the now-destroyed Antonov AN-225 Mriya - a design based on the AN-124. A single An-124 is capable of carrying up to 150 tonnes and remains the largest military transport aircraft in service.
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