78 Antonov. The World’s Heaviest and Largest Jet

Antonov. The World’s Heaviest and Largest Jet

Posted on August 4, 2007 by

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Antonov or AN-225 is the world's heaviest and largest jet ever built with the landing gear system of 32 wheels and a wing span of 291 feet. It was designed for the Soviet space program in 1988 and able to airlift the Energia rocket's boosters, Buran space shuttle or ultra-heavy and oversize freight, up to 250,000 kg (550,000 lb) internally or 200,000 kg (440,000 lb) on the upper fuselage. Cargo on the upper fuselage can be 70 m long.

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78 Responses to “Antonov. The World’s Heaviest and Largest Jet”

  1. John from Kansas says:


  2. Wackyruss says:

    It is always crazy to see the Russian space shuttle Buran.

    I always think I’m looking at Discovery, Columbia, or even the Challenger!

    • kendall says:

      @ Wackyruss

      That’s because you are looking at Discovery, Columbia and Challenger! Russia completely ripped off our Space Shuttle design.

      • budtske says:

        @ kendall

        I dont know the facts about that. but NASA totally ripped off russian rocket engine design, they never thought of using closed-loop designs because they thought it would be too risky. Untill they tested some old soviet engines that had been shoved away in storage for 10+ years and outperformed every engine they had

      • Tomcat1147 says:

        Some years back I had a chance to speak with a Russian Aerospace engineer traveling with An exhibit as part of “Perestroika”. His explanation of the Bural shuttle was that the engineering behind it was totally Russian but some shapes are simply the best for the job. There were British and French shuttles being developed at that time and they too resembled the Russian and American shuttles.

    • JC says:

      @Wackyruss and Kendall

      Message of Tomcat1147:
      Some years back I had a chance to speak with a Russian Aerospace engineer traveling with An exhibit as part of “Perestroika”. His explanation of the Bural shuttle was that the engineering behind it was totally Russian but some shapes are simply the best for the job. There were British and French shuttles being developed at that time and they too resembled the Russian and American shuttles.

      It’s not about the copying… It’s about the aerodynamics that shuttle (Buran’s)shape is aerodynamically designed this shape is the best aerodynamically speaking that can carry payload as well. Have you heard about the Aurora Project? Triagular shape for aircraft is the best.

      You guys better finish grade school first before you make a comment about aircraft design.

  3. Stanislaw Sosabowski says:

    Beautiful monster!

    • Danny Greene says:

      I don’t know about if the Antonov AN-225 is the largest and heaviest aircraft in the world when it is compared to the USA’s Galaxy C-5 aircraft. But, I will say that it is a most beautiful and majestic aircraft. Congratulations to the Russians for this marvelous aircraft design and engineering. It would be interesting to some time park the AN-225 next to the C-5 and observe the difference between the two !

      • AN-225 is twice bigger than Galaxy C-5 and bigger even than the new European A-380. They should keep it and find some specific use for it, maybe again for space programs, and/or any other specific transport of urgent and outsize cargoes just not to drop such a beauty.

        Wladimir Vostrikov

      • AN-225 is twice bigger than Galaxy C-5 and bigger even than the new European A-380. They should keep it and find some specific use for it. Maybe again for space programs, “Buran” should be kept, it a genius idea! and/or any other specific transport of urgent and outsize cargoes and emergencies military and non military needs just not to drop such a beauty. “Buran” was certainly much more economic than using rockets, system which seem still so dangerous in comparison with this smooth system to reach the stratosphere!

        Wladimir Vostrikov

  4. Richard S. says:

    I remember seeing that jet land in Abbotsford B.C. Canada in 1986 during the Abbotsford International Airshow. I am not making this up. The Soviets were giving tours of this aircraft and at the last minute I was turned away when they stopped offering tours. It is indeed an impressive aircraft. I think there was a Lockheed C-5A Galaxy there but this aircraft dwarfed it.How many of these aircraft exist now?

  5. gully says:

    yeah, that’s very cool, technically it’s just unbelivable. russian technology is really shining in these kinda events. too bad it all fell apart.

  6. peter says:

    Here is more informations about the Mriya.

  7. zz says:

    Its plane called Mria, Antonov means that plane developed by Antonov design bureau. There are less than 10 Mrias, as far as i can remember. But there is Antonov 124, its more commonly used.

  8. Zak says:


  9. Fred says:

    Music: Sky – toccata

  10. Pete says:


  11. Wax_On_Whacks_Off says:

    How many times did the Russian Space Shuttle fly into orbit?

  12. Richard S. says:

    Who made the turbofans? GE, Rolls Royce?

  13. jokez says:

    Wow! That’s big enough to carry 5-6 middle aged Russian women .. = )

  14. thibaldwick says:

    Is this plane bigger than an Airbus A380

  15. Ummagumma says:

    RE:Yeah, and 1-2 american girls, courtesy of McDonald’s.
    Lots of laughs!!=) There is nothing wrong with Russian babes. Go to no marriage.com and you will know why.

  16. Tim says:

    always cool to see. the scale is amazing.

  17. Zola says:

    Historical pillar. I really wish that i travel in ti once..Well, its a big news.

  18. Max says:

    My God That’s Amazing! I Thought The C-5 Galaxy Was Big But That Makes It Look Small!

  19. David Webb says:

    It should be noted that there is currently a project under way by a private German company to purchase the license for, and to mass-produce an upgraded and fully modernized version of the AN225. I don’t currently know whether this program is still moving, but if completed, the AN225’s upgraded version would replace the Lockheed C5 and Boeing C17 in Military Transport and civilian airlift operations worldwide.

    Just another helpful tidbit from the All-Seeing Pie-In-The-Sky. Hope you don’t mind.

    • Ivan Mikhailov says:

      Correction. The plane to be manufactured in future is AN325. Same style and many common parts but 8 engines each is more powerful than any of 6 of AN225. As with AN225, it’s primarily for needs of russian space program, it should be used to launch shuttles.

  20. Baron says:

    That just won’t happen Dave for the simple reason of it’s size — the darn thing is just too big to be practical for military applications.

  21. Alain Tougas says:

    Please please please… Who is playing the rock version of “toccata and fugue” in the movie? What’s the band?
    Thx crowd!

    • ozmonatov says:

      Look amongst the previous comments. A guy claims it to be “Sky – Toccata”, which seems to be pretty much right.

  22. Dale says:

    There’s no “jump”. There’s never a “jump”. Why do these bloggers think it’s so cool to use newsroom jargon that they even use it when it isn’t necessary?

  23. Ray says:

    Two things about the photos that surprised me. There isn’t a photo of it flying with the undercarriage retracted. There must be some; just wondering why none published.

    Also, the instrument panel seems to be almost completely analog. The only CRT looks as if it might be for an onboard computer. Odd for such a modern aircraft.

  24. Morozz says:

    “Buran” was the first unmanned space shuttle in the world. In that first flight it landed by itself.

  25. ดา says:


  26. Komsomolskaya says:

    The Antonov looks like some sci-fi creation you’d find on Gerry Anderson’s “Thunderbirds” series.

  27. Gurtek-singh says:

    That’s awesome………….
    hell look at the size its just(no word)…………

  28. Miss India says:

    You could park that up my arse and it still wouldn’t touch the sides

  29. Ed says:

    I copared the length of the 225 to the length of the old B-17 Bomber . That monster is about four times larger! As Jimmy Durante would say< “It’s Tremendeous!!

  30. Paul says:

    damn thats a big A$$ plane right there…how much was the plane?

  31. brbrbr says:

    initally constructed to quckly trnsfer wast amounts of armour during WWIII[canceled due to sabotaged[by Gorby]launch of key element of Soviet “Star Wars” on Energia missile in ’87(yes WWIII migh start in 1987)].
    planned to build about ~87 units at least.

  32. Monique says:

    Check the differende with the jet-fighter!

  33. Drbuzz0 says:

    I never really understood why the Russians needed to build the An-225 for Buran orbiter. The An-225 is enormous, with 50% more thrust than the An-124 and a much larger wing surface and undercarriage.

    The Buran orbiter was very similar in size to the Space Shuttle Orbiter and the Buran orbiter was actually signifficantly lighter in weight and more aerodynamic than the Space Shuttle Orbiter (mostly because it didn’t have the big main engines on board).

    The American Space Shuttle can be carried on a modified Boeing 747. There’s no need to build an enormous six-engine jet to carry it: the 747 Shuttle carrier gets the job done just fine. The An-124 is a signifficantly heavier, larger and more powerful than the 747. It should be more than capable of carrying the Buran.

    The An-225 was also supposedly designed with the capability to carry the Energia booster (it never ended up being configured for that), but the Energia booster is also not necessarily beyond the capabilities of other big aircraft.

    I’m not saying that it isn’t a badass plane, it’s feakin awesome. I just don’t get why they needed it for the space carrier role, which is why it was created.

  34. brbrbr says:

    repeat, it is not related to space program in any way[except overseas PR and transportation of partially assembled missiles].
    just just heavvy trasporter for strategic neeeds of ANY kind,initially(as it in USSR almost always) for Army.

  35. Jimbob says:

    I can see the need to replace the C-5s at some point as they are in the twilight of their careers but the C-17 still has plenty of life in it. In any case the C-17 is an awesome transport aircraft and is ideal for its size, it can carry more than the dear old Starlifter could. Would be great to see more 225s or equivalents built. Only saw it once even though it has been to the UK a few times. Typical Russian engineering, built to last!

  36. harris says:


  37. Cheap says:

    I think plane has a smaller wing span then the Spruce Goose


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  39. john says:

    cool stuff i like it

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    i think this is awsum

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    BWAHAHAHAHAAAA! That’s hilarious!

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  45. Hutcheson says:

    An-225 is as big as Airbus A380

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  47. Darrell1019 says:

    How sad for the once mighty “united states of america”, will we soon be forgotten? Or will we be a sad example of a ruin & corrupt nation?

  48. Sadeeq mohammed says:

    I wish i could see it physically

  49. Really a very huge bird to see. I am sure that anything that is huge and can work ok could be easily found in Russia, as they always make things like that since their old Soviet era. I have seen it before and it is basically a derivative of the An-124 super cargo aircraft, it was developed to carry the Soviet Buran Space Shuttle to their Space launch facility. But now a day s it is going through some up-gradation and after that it will continue to serve as Commercial Air cargo plane. Thanks for the post….

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  52. m0ohee says:

    Very interesting .Russian are very sharp . What apity Stalin defamed socialism . Bright future for Russian . Antonov is a masteriece . Long live humanity & the science serve people .

  53. antov says:

    Do you know that this plane was created in Romania?

  54. kyiv says:

    Hey guys, its not right to call AN-225 a russian plane. It was design during the soviet era, it collapse. Antonov construction bureau is based in Ukraine, so it would be more correct to call it a soviet-Ukraine plane, as it was designed in Ukrainian SSR. Thanks.

  55. David says:

    The Russians and the Americans have both made some amazing machines. Just imagine what could be acheived if they could put aside their differences and work together for the good of all mankind.

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