Trucker’s rig is just plane big

EDMONTON — Trucker Mark Hedberg literally stuck his truck where the sun don’t shine.

The driver with Red Carpet Freight Systems says his recent experience with backing a 2008 Kenworth T800 into the world’s largest plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, during a recent freight haul was a difficult experience because of how dark the space was.

“Everything was black inside,” he said in a recent interview with “It was very tricky backing in there because it was like backing into a black hole.”

The experienced driver was responsible for hauling three loads of cargo made up of helicopter parts, C-Cans, engines and propellers down to the Edmonton International Airport and into the plane heading to Afghanistan.

Backing a rig into a black hole isn’t easy.

The aircraft is the length of an American football field from post to post, seven stories high and 220 meters wide.

A video of the behemoth aircraft making its decent into Edmonton can be seen on YouTube. There’s also another video worth checking out if you want to see the cargo plane being loaded, or if you’re a Lenny Kravitz fan.

Hedberg says backing his truck into the plane was complicated not only because of the lack of light, but the fact that there was only one member of the crew who spoke English.

“It was hard to communicate,” Hedberg said. “It was quite an interesting seat.”

The haul was in partnership with Canadian Helicopters who provide the Canadian military with mail- and freight-hauling aircrafts.

— by Farrah Cole

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