"I was about to board the Valdivia Belle"

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The Valdivia Belle is an Ilyushin 76, a multi-purpose 4-engined strategic airlifter designed by the Soviet Ilyushin bureau in 1967. It is able to carry a payload of 40 tons over a range of 5,000 km in less than six hours, able to operate from short and unprepared airstrips and capable of coping with the weather conditions of Siberia and the Soviet Union's Arctic regions. (Source: Wikipedia).