A reader from Silver Bay asked the Eh? crew to find out what an Antonov AN-124 Ruslan cargo plane was doing in Duluth on Monday and Tuesday.
The plane’s flight track shows it left the Royal Air Force Station Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, England, on Monday and reached Duluth nearly 8½ hours later at 4:33 p.m. After an overnight stay, the plane took off at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday and headed for another military base — the El Centro (Calif.) Naval Air Facility.
The reader said the plane flew over the North Shore at a level that allowed it to be seen clearly from the ground.
Mike Magni, president of Monaco Air in Duluth, said the Antonov was in town for a “technical stop.”
“We go out and market heavily to these international operators for technical stops. On their way from Europe for the West Coast, they’ll stop and take on fuel. They’ll also stop for crew rest and overnight.”
Magni said the airport sees 10 to 15 Antonovs and 300 to 400 corporate jets per year.