Following several practice runs, a Boeing 747 will be landing at Groningen Airport Eelde for the first time on 13 March.
(This story was updated on Tuesday at 12:12 p.m. on 13 March)
The plane, which is a private flight operated by American-based Atlas Air, is expected to arrive at the airport around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.
RTV Drenthe reports that the flight, departing from Portland, Oregon, will be making a stop at the Eelde airport en route to Kuwait.
A spokesperson for Groningen Airport Eelde says that the northern Netherlands is the destination for several passengers on the flight. After those passengers disembark, the flight will refuel at the airport and then continue onward to Kuwait.
UPDATE: Tuesday, 13 March at 12:04 p.m.
The aircraft is transporting roughly 150 American soldiers who will take part in the Frisian Flag military exercise at the air base in Leeuwarden. From 9 to 20 April, troops from various countries will travel to the Frisian capital to practice working together under challenging simulated conditions.
The latest projections have the flight arriving at 3:19 p.m., and plane spotters are expected to await the plane touching down on the tarmac in Drenthe. You can track the flight’s location through the @FlyGRQ Twitter feed: