Huge Soviet Plane To Land At Paine Field

The Boeing 747-400 usually reigns over Paine Field, but even that giant plane will look a little small when the world's largest aircraft makes a pit stop at the airfield Monday before flying to an air show in Oklahoma.

The Soviet Antonov 225 and two Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighters are expected to land about 3 p.m. Officials said the landing will be the first ever made by those types of Soviet aircraft at an U.S. airport.

The planes will cross into U.S. air space under Canadian escort. Two U.S. F-15 fighter jets are to escort the Soviet planes to the Oklahoma City Air Show.

The three aircraft will return to Paine Field for a longer visit in August, when they'll take part in the annual Washington International Air Fair. It will be the first time Soviet jets will perform in Washington, air fair officials said.