An-225 “Mriya” made in Ukraine is the biggest plane in the world. And there is only one plane like this. You are about to see how “Mriya” flies over the airfield Antonov in Gostomel together with an aerobatic display team “Rus” and read some facts about the plane.
The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s. It is the world’s heaviest aircraft. The design, built in order to transport the Buran orbiter, was an enlargement of the successful Antonov An-124. The An-225’s name, Mriya means “Dream” (Inspiration) in Ukrainian.
Length: 84 m (275 ft 7 in)
Wingspan: 88.4 m (290 ft 0 in)
Height: 18.1 m (59 ft 5 in)
Wing area: 905 m2 (9,740 sq ft)
Aspect ratio: 8.6
Empty weight: 285,000 kg (628,317 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 640,000 kg (1,410,958 lb)
Fuel capacity: 300000 kg
Cargo hold – volume 1,300m3, length 43.35m, width 6.4m, height 4.4m
The An-225 was employed as the prime method of transporting the Buran Shuttle. So its lifting capacity had to be not less than 250 tons.
“Mriya” performed its first flight on the 21st of December, 1988.