Aviation enthusiasts in the Lower Mainland were sent to a frenzy over the weekend when a giant strategic airlift aircraft was spotted at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Two helicopters were spotted being loaded onto the Antonov An-124 aircraft operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines, a Russian-based cargo airline that specializes in charter flights. Both ends of the jet, including the end with the cockpit, can open up for the cargo loading process.
It is believed both helicopters were sold to the United States for forest fighting purposes.
The Russian cargo aircraft, along with its unique payload, has since left YVR.