Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Today’s world’s biggest airplane An-255 Mriya (“Dream”) was constructed for the needs of Soviet space programe in transporting large-size objects.

Biggest Airplane Ever

In 1989 a new plane was designed which could carry spaceship “Buran”, large-size rocket components and some equipment for oil and mining industry.

Biggest Airplane Ever

AN-124 was taken as a base for a new aircraft to make the production faster and less expensive.

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Large-size objects which cannot be placed inside the aircraft can be carried “on the back”.

Biggest Airplane Ever

The first test An-225 has broken 106 world records in its class in a flight with the cargo of more than 500 000 kg.

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Only 2 such aircrafts have been built till now. The first one has made a flight with spaceship “Buran” and a month later this combination of airplane and spacecraft was displayed at Paris air show.

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

Biggest Airplane Ever

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25 thoughts on “Biggest Airplane Ever”

  1. In fact it´s a bit shorter than the C5 concept, but can take much hevier payloads (the American C5 is a bit older (but still as i know very well working)concept so it´s structure contain less composite materials compared to Mriya (as i know the pictured one was the only one bulidt) thats why Mriya can take hevier payloads compared to it´s size.). It was originaly planned a even bigger plane with 4×4 engines, but it was never built.

  2. Awesome aircraft. And, I think it was designed to also carry something a little more intimidating and deadly than the space shuttle and some oil drilling equipment. 😉

    • Actually, it was designed to carry the Buran, and airlift Energia’s rocket boosters, and only those, nothing else.

      Also worth mentioning is, that it made all those flights, including 2 trips to Paris, under military registration. And after they revived it, in the mid 2000’s, they had to give it a major overhaul, including installing new engines and some additional gauges, and strenghtening the body on various places, so they could pass the civilian regulations. Nowadays the only flying An-225 is under civilian reg, but Antonov is offering a ‘westernized’ version, with glass-cockpit – no takers yet.

  3. I think the AN-225 was the Ukraine’s entire dividend of being under Russia for the last couple hundred of years.

    At least Russia educated them hohols.

  4. Awesome picture of the Antonov 225. I heard about this airplane back in the 90’s. I think they only built a couple of them. If I remember correctly the Russians were have trouble getting the dynamics right and getting it to fly. Rumor has it that the Americans helped them with the design and to get it in the air. If it’s true or not I’ll probably never know. I would love to see one of these beasts up close.

  5. I was expecting a bit more glass in the cockpit. Even the a380 has only 2 gauges. This looks like a DC-10 cockpit. But it doesn’t really matter. Just say’s a lot about the technology put in it.

  6. In your dreams the Americans helped the Soviets in making this 9th wonder of the world to fly. I hope you are not trying to suggest that the Soviets were not capable to attain such a feat. for once Gringo, just swallow your pride and accept that somebody has beaten the Americans into building the biggest Airplane ever in the world.

    • Like he said, it’s a rumour, although a false one as such.

      If one’s interested, Discovery/History Channel made a documentary about the An-225 (and also including abit about it’s little brother An-125) in their Worlds Biggest..-series.

      Explains most, if not all, of it’s history, including the strenghtening the body to achive the commercial certificate.

    • Now that’s silly. Russians are also Gringos. All white men are Gringos, and Russians are even whiter than Americans.

  7. Amazing airplane

    5th photo from the top with the tires. First tire is bald; Is that safe? Shouldn’t it have been replaced; the one on the other side still has tread.

  8. This plane has nothing to do with Russia. The plane was developed in Kiev, when there was no Russia, but only the Soviet Union. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union it belongs to Ukraine. So you can call the plane Soviet or Ukrainian, but either way, it has nothing to do with Russia per se.

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