77 The Largest Plane In the World: An 225

The Largest Plane In the World: An 225

Posted on October 2, 2012 by team


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.


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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.

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77 Responses to “The Largest Plane In the World: An 225”

  1. Alan says:

    Also note we built a wooden airplane with a larger wingspan than your “largest plane in the world”. And we built it before you were born.

    • nig says:

      What? Who is ‘we’?

    • Rambo says:

      Yes, but it isn’t flying :) Przepiękny Antonow :)

    • Dingenskirchen says:

      if you mean the Hughes H-4: this is NOT a plane, it’s a ground effect vehicle. (at least until someone proves that it can fly above 70ft/ 21m)

      • America says:

        The aerodynamics are sound. Many flying models of the Spruce Goose have taken flight. But whatever, believe whatever you want. ;)

        • jordan says:

          Of course the aerodynamics are sound. The questions WRT the Spruce Goose were

          1) did the engines have sufficient thrust to give it any significant altitude (above the ground effect) and

          2) was the airframe strong enough to remain in one piece?

          One could go further and ask, was the aircraft capable of taking off with a full cargo and fuel load? Because its one flight was, after all, empty, and with a few sips of fuel on board.

          The fact that Hughes was so secretive about the craft during his life suggests that he knew the answer to at least one of the first two questions to be ‘no’ and the answer to the third question was almost certainly ‘no’. By that measure, the aircraft was a failure.

          What does has to do with the An-225 though? The reality is that the US aviation industry was pretty much always at least a decade ahead of the soviet industry. This is particularly true in engine technology and also increasingly in avionics as the years went on. The soviets copied — with great effort — the B-29 in 1946. Well, copying is a lot easier than designing from scratch. And they only fell further behind after that.

          The spruce goose was a project nobody believed in except Howard Hughes. It is a curiosity and I had the opportunity to see it when it was in LA and it’s something worth seeing, as a curiosity.

          • America says:

            IT’s no secret more powerful engines were in the works for the H4 until cancelled. Whether it was a practical aircraft that could fulfill it war time mission and whether the plane itself was capable of sustaining flight outside of ground effects are not the same thing. In the end the H4 simply didn’t meet the time deadline by which it was needed and was a practical failure that had no use in peacetime as it was designed for a specific war purpose.

            “The spruce goose was a project nobody believed in except Howard Hughes.”

            No lots of people believed in it and invested a lot of public money in developing it. They later lost faith. That’s not the same thing as nobody besides Hughes ever believing in it in the first place.

    • America says:

      Nice one, but being the “largest plane in the world” and having the longest wingspan in the world are not the same thing. lol

      • Tiger says:

        Depends on how you define “large”. Wingspan, Height or Weight? At least, and that we know for sure, the US has the largest women in the world by weight. Maybe the Mryia has a future for transporting them around the globe in the future.

        • America says:

          No need to fly our women around the world, Russia has plenty of fat, even grossly obese chicks they would love to export. To bad nobody wants them!

          http://englishrussia.com/2012/10/03/glamour-at-its-worst/#comment-9582163

          ;)

          • vorontsevich says:

            Lol. Difference is with America, they are a majority. Lol.

          • Meg says:

            lol and it’s say American)when is American women most ugliest in the world… it’s fact…

            • America says:

              Meg, That’s a rather amusing comment considering the vast majority of Americans are ethnically and biologically identical to their beautiful cohorts in western and eastern Europe, which is where their family emigrated from in the first place. (rolls eyes)

              And despite your ignorance Vorontsevich the number of Americans who are overweight are in fact not the majority. Even in the worst, most obese states they are a sizable minority.

              Stereotypes will get you nowhere.

              • Tiger says:

                Yes, Europe dumped its sectarian maniacs and unemployed in the new world. The genetic bad bank of Europe is what you are. :)

                • America says:

                  I guess you didn’t get the memo from the allied powers. The Aryan superiority of the German people wasn’t so superior after all. In fact we kicked their ass all the way back to Berlin. Fail.

                  • vorontsevich says:

                    “we kicked their ass all the way back to Berlin.” WE? I didn’t realise you were Russian. Because Russians one are the ones, that kicked Germany’s asses back to Berlin. No one else.

              • vorontsevich says:

                Lol.

                It would appear that even I know more about America more than you do. According to your own CDC, a third of all Americans are obese (OBESE, not just overweight), while 70& of Americans are overwight. So tell me more about ignorance, and how “the number of Americans who are overweight are in fact not the majority”, LOL.

                • America says:

                  And yet someone, was it you?, was trying to convince me so that many Americans today live in grinding poverty according to the government… lol

                  Being in “poverty” in America is bad joke. more like 1rst world poor realities to your country mates. You have access to free/subsidized food, housing, cell phone, transportation, you kids have last gen video games, access to emergency room medical care you never pay for etc. etc. etc., oh the horror…

                  Whoever it was never did comprehend there is a difference between the Relative Poverty the US gov. measures and real grinding poverty like the UN measures, i.e. living in a 3rd world poo hole on less then a dollar a day like most of the worlds population.

                  Anyway if that’s what they say that’s what they say about how fat we are. I don’t notice THAT many people being fat or morbidly obese where i live, and words like fat and obese have never described me so i guess i’m biased. If anything most Americans would look at me funny and tell me to eat a burger. not that i need to.

                  • America says:

                    realities=realitive, wth Google Chrome has the worst spell check ever.

                  • vorontsevich says:

                    You confuse lower class with poverty. Lol.

                    Im pretty sure you’d see homeless people in America. They live in absolute poverty. According to your government, 15% of americans live in poverty. And since they are Americans, of course, they would be measured by American standards. “You have access to free/subsidized food, housing, cell phone, transportation, you kids have last gen video games, access to emergency room medical care you never pay for etc. etc. etc.” That is all the makings of a failed state and a doomed economy right there. One can only hope you live to see that day. Lol.

                    • America says:

                      Yes you absolutely see homeless people in America, and believe it or not help is available to them. You can’t help someone who won’t take your help. Many of those homeless have mental issues, are alcoholics or drug addicts or just too proud to take anyone’s help. Sad but true. But there is help available for them if they seek it out. That help does not come with no strings attached. Some just will not play by the rules and would rather be a homeless alcoholic on the street then have to live by someone else’s rules to get the help they need. that’s there choice.

                      Anyway i was just saying many point out the 15% poverty # while conjuring up images of 3rd world poverty. lol, as you know that’s not how it really is. I’m not the one who confuses lower class with poverty, it’s usually the haters who make the “15% point” that so many of us are “poverty stricken”.

                      As i said below Russia measures things the same way. I think many Russians who are working poor or lower class would be a bit shocked to realize the government considers them to be living in poverty.

                  • vorontsevich says:

                    “I don’t notice THAT many people being fat or morbidly obese where i live” . Oh suddenly now it becomes about where you live, even though you started out with “the number of Americans who are overweight are in fact not the majority. ” Not the number of people where I live. Lol. Arguments are really not one of your strong points, are they.

                • Robert says:

                  The Western Allied forces were withdrawn and held back to allow the Russians to enter Berlin. they did not stop there, advancing to the western boundary of what became East Germany. This does not mean that the Russians did not perform a great part of defeating Germany. They did a great job in spite of Stalin’s gutting (“purging”) the cream of the Russian military in his paranoia.

              • vorontsevich says:

                “Americans are ethnically and biologically identical to their beautiful cohorts in western and eastern Europe, which is where their family emigrated from in the first place.” Just a guess, but did you flunk biology? Lol. Just because your ancestors came from Europe 300 years ago, doesn’t mean that will be the same, especially after being geographically separated and living in different environments.

                • America says:

                  300 yrs ago? I guess you didn’t get the memo. The last time Europeans fled Europe enmass for North America was considerable more recent then 300 years ago. As in many of our grandparents are from Europe or other foreign lands. We are not as closed minded and xenophobic as you might think from what you read.

                  ” The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 36.7 million of the nation’s population (12 percent) were foreign-born, and another 33 million (11 percent) were native-born with at least one foreign-born parent in 2009, making one in five people either first or second generation U.S. residents.”

                  Further more when they get here their fortunes tend to change for the better, which in many (nearly all) cases is why they left for America in the first place. In search of a better life.

                  “The second generation were more likely than the foreign born to be better educated and have higher earnings and less likely to be in poverty. In 2009, 59 percent of the native-born 25 and older with at least one foreign-born parent had some college education and 33 percent had a bachelor’s degree. That compares with 45 percent of the foreign-born who had some college and 29 percent who had a bachelor’s degree.”

                  For all America’s problems make no doubt about it the are 1rst world problems, “problems” that billions of the world population just shake their head in disbelief over.

                  • vorontsevich says:

                    Typical American arrogance. Keep your head high, and talk of your arse even as your country heads down the drain, Lol. “billions of the world population” laugh at you, not “admire” your “1st world problems”. Lol.

                    • America says:

                      It is not arrogance nor am i in denial about America’s problems. But US “relative poverty” as measured by the US Gov is just that, relative to other Americans standard of living. Being arrogant/clueless would be to believe those poverty stricken Americans are on par with the 50% of the world population, 3 billion+ people, who survive on less then $2.50 a day. America’s “poverty stricken” have no clue what it is really like to live in poverty as a great deal of the worlds population do. They have access to Gov food assistance, housing assistance, cash assistance if they have children, access to emergency medical care, electricity, hot an cold running water, a kitchen with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, crock pot, likely a garbage disposal and dishwasher to, heat and air conditioning, their children watch TV and play last gen video games etc. etc. etc.

                      It always amuses me when foreigners point out that so many Americans are “poverty stricken” as they conjuring up images of US living on par with their 3rd world counter parts who REALLY now what it means to live in poverty. Very few Americans can even begin to fathom what it truly means to live in poverty like several billion of Earths population do.

                      Recently i was watching a PBS docu about Post Soviet life for ordinary Russians as they followed them throughout their day. One women in her thirties, who owns her own car, works for a living, has her own apartment, not a bad place, and perceives herself as doing OK and supporting herself well enough to enjoy her life… and she’s telling her sister on the phone that she was shocked to read the government considers her to be living in poverty. She was in disbelief at the income level etc. that they considered to be Russian “middle class”, that if that is what is supposed to be middle class their is no real middle class in Russia. From what i saw i didn’t see her as being poverty stricken either, just a working class Russian woman getting by and doing well enough it to enjoy her life.

                    • Robert says:

                      A large part of the decline of the USA is due to Marxist fifth-columnists who work tirelessly to destroy ancient virtues such as marriage. Marriage is competition to the totalitarian state, which demands supreme allegiance to it.

                  • vorontsevich says:

                    “300 yrs ago? I guess you didn’t get the memo. The last time Europeans fled Europe enmass for North America was considerable more recent then 300 years ago. As in many of our grandparents are from Europe or other foreign lands. We are not as closed minded and xenophobic as you might think from what you read.
                    ” The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 36.7 million of the nation’s population (12 percent) were foreign-born, and another 33 million (11 percent) were native-born with at least one foreign-born parent in 2009, making one in five people either first or second generation U.S. residents.”

                    So? I’m pretty sure the whole point of all that was a good number of Americans are more recent immigrants. But that still doesn’t explain why so many are just plain ugly. Lol.

                    • America says:

                      Yeah, like Russian men are a real catch! lol, what a sorry looking lot of people they tend to be.

                    • vorontsevich says:

                      “Yeah, like Russian men are a real catch! lol, what a sorry looking lot of people they tend to be.” still more succesful than American males. Your move.

                  • vorontsevich says:

                    “They have access to Gov food assistance, housing assistance, cash assistance if they have children, access to emergency medical care, electricity, hot an cold running water, a kitchen with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, crock pot, likely a garbage disposal and dishwasher to, heat and air conditioning, their children watch TV and play last gen video games etc. etc. etc.” Lol. Not everyone has all that. Bet you wouldn’t see that.

                    • America says:

                      I see it all too often. And they think they have it bad, or are entitled to it because they are poor meanwhile don’t apply themselves to get out of “poverty”. Truth is compared to billions of others in this world who know what real grinding poverty is, they are very fortunate. Don’t try telling them that, though! lol

          • Tiger says:

            That is pic of Your Kentucky mom :)

            • ust says:

              Fail, try harder. :)

              • Tiger says:

                Trying harder to fail like you do?

                • America says:

                  More fail. You can do better.

                  • Tiger says:

                    Ah, sorry, that is not your mom, that is YOU!

                    • Karen Pauly says:

                      Make no mistake about it… I have edgucation.. college.. Im a self made woman. In america.. I didnt marry anyone to make this life… NOONE!! Just me myself and I… talk somemore about how America is gonna go down… Let me tell ya.. Not while im still living sucka… Backing up America 100% every single day I live… without my home land… I would be nothing!! And I AM FAR FROM NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!

                    • Karen Pauly says:

                      Oh yeah… dont let me forget how MY tax dollars will make sure your taken care of… just like everyother american.. I gladly hold my head high… and very proud to make sure my neighbor is taken care of… there will be no children or parents in need as long as im alive… Got it Russian?… Proud American Pride right here… it is what it is

  2. Dr. Dot says:

    There were a few pictures from the USSR days where the Mriya had a long spike on its nose. I wonder what the purpose for that was. Any ideas?

  3. jordan says:

    http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/tech_ops/read.main/186975/

    Interesting discussion of the AN-124

    ” Before takeoff the crew chief and another guy each took a seat at those little portholes you see in the aft upper deck of the airplane. They both put on a headset, and watched the engines throughout takeoff and climb, until we throttled back at cruise. I never saw their eyes move from the assigned position. I don’t think they blinked. HeavyLIft said they were to monitor the engines for signs of “distress”, e.g. smoke, flame, shedding of parts etc. and immediately inform the flight crew.”

  4. Viggen says:

    The An-225 was designed by Soviet engineers not just Ukrainians. It was designed for Soviet space program and fully financed by Soviet central goverment in Moscow. Oleg Antonov was born near Moscow…

    • Viggen says:

      I am not sure how this airplane can be consider fully “Ukrainian”. Parts were supplied by various enterprises around the Soviet Union.

      • Tiger says:

        You that it is fully Ukrainian when it is fueled with Salo and Chortitza and dances a Gopak once it faces minor turbulences. And when its compass rotates between west and east all the time.

  5. America says:

    And what became of it until Ukrainians had the common sense to return what they designed and built to it to it’s former glory? So some Russians worked the project too. As for the Soviet/Russian/Moscow contribution…f course it was a single nation of the Soviet Union at the time. But that does not change the fact it was designed and built in Ukraine.

    • Tiger says:

      That is like you would say that a Boeing assembled in Seattle is not American, but Washingtonian. The thing was designed and rolled out when this was one country and the engineers came from many different union states. But Geography and History are sometimes a bit complicated.

      • America says:

        What’s funny is Russians always seem to want credit for anything that came out of the greater Soviet Union… but when it’s something built inside the Russian SSR proper, they conveniently forget the contributions of the rest of the Soviet. It’s the pride and joy of RUSSIA! lol Complicated indeed.

        • vorontsevich says:

          No one really expected (or expects) you to understand.

          • America says:

            Oh i understand how Russians love to claim credit for others successes as all their own! lol

            • Tiger says:

              I hope that the US economy will finally get back soon and that you will get a job at a fast food corner, so we can finally post of this website without your trolling America ;)

              • America says:

                And i hope the European economy will recover soon so you can get a job at an American fast food, you know the ones that are on every other corner across Europe. Like McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Subway, Burger King (well British now) etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. Yeah you guys can’t stand us Americans and our culture, our entertainment and rotten food. lol

                • Tiger says:

                  No, I work in consulting. Developing the German industry and helping to restructure American firms since they are not competitive enough due to American style fail-management. I have my own secretary, my own office and my own garage in the office. And btw, by paycheck comes from the US :). Were are more profitable than any other office in the world, even more profitable and deliver better solutions than our China office and miles ahead of our US office. But since You have such a good overview of US fast food stores I guess you will eventually get back on track ;)

            • vorontsevich says:

              See, there we go again.

              I’m bored, so I’ll bite.

              “others successes” Lol. Most of the designers were Russian. Most of Antonovs production is carried out in Russia. So it’s almost like Antonov is Russian, just that its HQ is in Kiev.

              Try harder, though. Your fails are not so amusing lately.

              • Tiger says:

                Got some news for America. Volkswagen´s employees in Kaluga earn more before and obviously much more after tax than their counterparts in Chattanooga! No kiddin, just got the news from a friend. You know why? Because the Kaluga plant is more productive and its workforce is better educated :).

                • Tiger says:

                  So you might say: better Kaluga than Chattanooga :)

                • America says:

                  Enjoy it while it lasts. BMW, Mercedes, Honda, etc. are basing their manufacturing operations in the southern U.S. not only to serve the domestic market but also as an automotive export base to the rest of the world. Mercedes is so pleased with the quality of their American built Mercedes that they just committed to a 2 billion dollar expansion of their US manufacturing plant. They are also planning their 2nd NA factory to be operational by 2017. Enjoy riding around Germany in your Tuskaloosa, Alabama built M-Class, R-Class, GL-Class and soon to be C-Class and the next-gen R-Class and G-Class, Made in America.

                  Auto manufacturing (and manufacturing in general) in the U.S. is hardly dead as you previously implied, and they are good paying jobs. Believe it not we don’t really care much they make in Kaluga as we wouldn’t want to live there anyway. I wish them the best. At any rate it sounds like the Germans are finally realizing German auto workers are too expensive, have become accustomed to too many benefits, and they have began exporting their jobs to the rest of the world, like Tuscaloosa and Kaluga to name just a few. German workers loss, our gain. ;)

                  • Tiger says:

                    Not quite. Nobody will pay for a Merc that actually has been built in the US, but if they buy a German premium car they want to get a made in Germany product. That´s why they are paying the premium on top. The plants in the US are usually for local markets and have been built because of low wages and low taxes. So at the end You and Your government swell the coffers of the spoiled German working class, since the American citizen cannot pay any more for made in Germany, we have now to do it locally (of course with less modern powertrain systems, Your gas price is anyway lower than ours). But at the end these factories will flop because they will never get to the European quality standard, because Your educational system is jack.

                    As of Kaluga, it is indeed one of the better cities of Russia with a relatively good infrastructure and many industries around. I personally would prefer it to most American cities, since it is cleaner and safer and people are better educated.

                    • Robert says:

                      Rolls-Royce tried assembling and finishing their cars in the USA back in the 1920s. Though they were every bit the quality as the UK built ones, the venture failed as few wanted a R-R made in America.

                  • Tiger says:

                    Yes everybody will be crazy for a C-Class from Tuscaloosa :) – that is for US domestic demand and usually with less innovative technologies (you do not have the money any more any way – the rich now buying these cars sit in Mumbai or Shanghai or Rio or Moscow).

                    Little boy, people want to see that their premium car is a made in Germany product. That is why they pay the price. No Chinese or Indian businessman will pay up to 200,000USD for a S-class made in Redneck country or where ever that godforsaken place is. They want it to come out of a European or better German plant.

                    • America says:

                      Keep telling yourself that as Mercedes continues to export their production to the US and other countries. :)

                      And you do realize that for a good portion of the 90s and early 2000s Mercedes reputation for quality was crap. Extremely low rankings in customer satisfaction surveys.

                      “Objective measures looking at passenger vehicles, such as J.D. Power surveys, demonstrated a downturn in the quality and reliability ratings of Mercedes vehicles in the late 1990s and early 2000s. By mid-2005, Mercedes temporarily returned to the industry average for initial quality, a measure of problems after the first 90 days of ownership, according to J.D. Power.[23] In J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study for the first quarter of 2007, Mercedes showed dramatic improvement by climbing from 25th to 5th place, for the first time surpassing quality leader Toyota, and earning several awards for its models.[24] For 2008, Mercedes-Benz’s initial quality rating improved by yet another mark, to fourth place.”

                      It is only recently that they regained their mojo and started building good stuff again.

                • Karen Pauly says:

                  Production does not require much of a education.. its a motor skill easily tought. Basic …

      • Karen Pauly says:

        Not complicated at all,… in fact any engineer from another country sought employment with Boeing.. IN THE UNITED STATES! So, with that in mind.. where is your market to employ these ppl… ??? just sayin… they went to the US. It is what it is….

  6. Alex says:

    The spike on the nose contains avionics sensors (protoypes have not had their localised airflow fully mapped, so instrumentation cannot be calibrated until after test flights. It also contains transmitting antennas specifically for telemetry back to ground stations. The reason for leaving the sensor-spike attached during flights where the Buran shuttle was piggy-backing on the plane was to get clean-airflow for instrumentation, which would nto be readily possible with the interaction between the two joined airframes.

  7. Gleb says:

    I thought the spike was for transporting bubliki!

  8. ox says:

    i’ve seen this in Bratislava when I was a kid. i waited like 4 hours in a line to get in :-)

  9. dakota says:

    I have to use this for a school project, i hate this crap

  10. dsdgn says:

    All of you seem to be missing the point. Keep the politics out of it! The aircraft sjpwm here is the theme. It is a very beautiful plane, but we all know it won’t stop here. The US will bill one bigger, then the Russians, back again to US, then to Russia. It ain’t gonna end. Whomever has the most gold is gonna do it. But like the Goose, it may fly, but for how long? Besides that, do I really care? Later on, goons!

  11. Deaf Dr Pepper says:

    Well, I believe in fact that Antonov An-225 was made in Ukraine and owned by the people of Ukraine. As third generation descendant whose my great grandfather was born there. I am proud to be Germany-Russian, known as Ukrainian. Each time I see the Blue/Yellow of Ukraine, my heart belongs there. Bless you!

  12. willie anderson says:

    what is the largest passinger for russia.

  13. willie anderson says:

    how meny passenger will the an-225 carrie

  14. Arshid says:

    what ever people says about this plane especially americans but this is great job done by russia and americans first you see your land just like small town and then see russia area and and power russia is greatest power on earth and also china india etc they will be the great powers soon and at last I soviet will be the mighty power in world Ameen

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