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Freighter becomes 'aircraft carrier'

10/11/2010

An AirBridgeCargo B747-400 freighter turned ?aircraft carrier? when four aerobatic aircraft had to be transported from the Netherlands to China.

The propeller aircraft were being delivered from Maastricht to Beijing for the China International Sport Airshow in Laiwu. On arrival in Beijing, they continued their journey by road inside a special container.

Each aircraft was 6.5 meters long, had a 7.3 meter wingspan and weighed more than 800 kilos. They were disassembled into five sections to fit onto 12 maindeck positions inside the freighter for the flight from Europe.

The aircraft took part in an aerial display in front of more than 300,000 visitors, and watched by millions more on television. More than 1,000 aerobatic pilots demonstrated their flying skills and the capability of their aircraft during the four-day event.

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