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6 How Does the Largest Plane Work: Facts and Story About AN 255

How Does the Largest Plane Work: Facts and Story About AN 255

Posted on March 23, 2014 by team


The An-225 “Mriya” (translated from Ukrainian as “dream”) is the heaviest plane ever going aloft. Its maximum takeoff weight amounts to 640 tons. The reason they decided to build such a huge flying vehicle was the necessity to create an air transport system for the project of the Soviet reusable space shuttle “Buran”. By the way, the “Mriya” you see in the picture above is unique, there are no more An-225 planes in the world.

The plane was designed in the USSR and built in 1988 at the Kiev mechanical plant. “Mriya” set a world record for takeoff weight and lifting capacity. On March 22nd, 1989 the An-225 performed a flight with a load of 156,3 tons, having simultaneously broken 110 world records which was a record in itself…

From the very beginning the plane has flown for 3740 hours (1 870 000 km – over 46 circuits around the Earth).

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6 Responses to “How Does the Largest Plane Work: Facts and Story About AN 255”

  1. Jean says:

    A flying marvel of ingenuity, made in Russia. How a wonder becomes a legend and that is with RUSSIA also, Its a Wonder and Be a Legend.

    • Darius says:

      Not Russia, but Soviet union. And it was physically both designed and built in Ukraine. It is operated by Antonov Airlines which is a Ukrainian cargo airline.

      • Sergray says:

        Previous Russian Defense Minister dream to finish the second instance Mriya. But he was corrupt and it was removed. And last year, Ukraine and Russia have agreed to almost restore production of An-124 “Ruslan”. Bureau “Antonov” began to develop a kind of updated version of the aircraft, with a new of electronics and motors. But then came around politics and people, and this prevented the neo-Soviet project.
        Another option was to build the An-124 without the Ukrainians. Using American electronics and engines from the 747.
        But Crimea ruined everything.
        Such bad luck. )))

  2. Vladimir says:

    Here is a complete history of this wonderful plane: http://www.buran-energia.com/mriya-antonov/mriya-desc.php

  3. TysonZA says:

    Wow from inside the cockpit that planes windscreen is tiny. Id feel claustrophobic not being able to fully see where I am going.

  4. Tillerman says:

    The writer of this article is wrong here. There IS a second example of the An-225, but is was never finished ans is still held in storage at the factory. See http://www.airliners.net/photo/Antonov-An-225-Mriya/1759372/L/&sid=9c72e47c5ef76ae0de2b3b0b3b1b63bd

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