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

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

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.

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

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…

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

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

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

The dimensions of the An-225 are very impressive – the length of the plane is 84 meters, the height – 18 meters (as tall as a six-storey building).

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

The “Mriya” stands next to a Boeing. Speaking of the largest Boeing – 747-800, an An-225 is eight meters longer, and its wingspan is twenty meters longer. Compared to an Airbus A380, “Mriya” is eleven meters longer, and its wingspan is nine meters longer.

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

Sometimes, airports do not have a parking area large enough for “Mriya”, so they have to park it on an auxiliary runway, if they have one…

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

The wing span of the plane is 88,4 meters, its area – 905m2. The only plane that has a larger wing span is the Hughes H-4 Hercules but it belongs to the class of flying-boats and flew only once.

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

Those space shuttles and launch pods carried by An-225 had bigger dimensions than the dimensions of “Mriya” itself.

They planned to use the plane as a primary stage of a space ship launch.

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

The plane has twin vertical tails which help to avoid a buffetting effect.

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

An-225 has six D-18T engines, each of them develops a thrust of 23,4 tons when the plane is taking off. The total thrust of all six engines is equal to 140,5 tons (1380kN).

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

It can be supposed that every engine of “Mriya” develops about 12 500 hp!

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

One engine of the plane is 3 meters high, 2,8 meters wide, and over 4 tons in weight.

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

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

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

The weight of fuel in the tanks is 365 tons. The plane may be in the air for eighteen hours and travel a distance exceeding 15 000 km.

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

It may take from half an hour to 1,5 days to fuel the plane.

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

Fuel consumption of the plane – 15,9 t/h (cruise condition).

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

Wheels are to be replaced after every 90 landings. One “Mriya” tire costs about $ 1000.

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

These wheels are really big!

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

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

Cargo hold dimensions – length – 43 meters, width – 6,4 meters, height – 4,4 meters.

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

They get access to the cargo hold through the nose of the plane.

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

The opening and closing process of the ramp takes less than ten minutes.

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

It “bows” like an elephant…

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

Auxiliary leg.

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

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

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

“Mriya” holds the record for the most weight in a transported load – 247 tons.

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

To provide safety, they need to place cargo strictly according to the instructions.

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

The plane is equipped with an airborne loading complex that consists of four lifting mechanisms – the hoisting capacity of each is five tons.

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

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

These are a turbine rotor, a turbogenerator for electrical power generation and components.

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

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

“Mriya” towing.

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

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

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

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

The plane is too heavy so it leaves traces on the asphalt.

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

Stairs leading to the cabin for the crew.

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

The passenger compartment is divided into two parts: the first, or front one is for the crew of the plane, the rear one is for service personnel.

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

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

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

Technical compartment.

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

Fire-prevention equipment.

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

Stickers and souvenirs from numerous visitors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The crew of the plane consists of six members.

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

Power levers.

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

Control wheel.

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

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

Engines are heated for ten minutes.

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

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

The takeoff and landing speed of the plane is around 240km/h – 280 km/h.

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

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

At the height of 7100 meters the speed accelerates to 675 km/h.

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

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

Maximum speed of the An-225 is 850 km/h.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flight over Greece.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The service life of the plane is 8000 flying hours, 2000 landings and takeoffs, twenty five calendar years.

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

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

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

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

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

  1. 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.

    • 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.

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

  3. 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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