If asked to choose the uncontested heavyweight champion in the aviation industry, the Antonov An-225 Mriya would unquestionably be at the top of most people’s lists. The An-225 is the largest freighter in the world, with sixteen pairs of landing gear, six engines, and sizable cargo hold. However, few people are aware that the Soviet Union only actually constructed ONE aN-225 Mriya in order to use it in the 1980s to transport its own duplicate of the space shuttle. The aircraft now transports cargo throughout the globe. By the end of the 1970s, according to a 2018 CNN report, massive and heavy objects would need to be transported from their locations of assembly to the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the expansive spaceport in the Kᴀᴢᴀᴋʜsᴛᴀɴi desert where Yuri Gargarin’s historic space voyage in 1961 was launched.
The specifications of this aircraft are as remarkable as one might think, and it continues to hold the record for being the heaviest ever constructed. The An-225 measures approximately sixty feet tall, two hundred seventy-five feet long, and has a wingspan of two hundred ninety feet. Do keep in mind that the C-5 Galaxy utilized by the US Air Force has a wingspan of 223 feet, but the legendary Boeing 747-8 has a wingspan of 224 feet.
The aircraft can lift a maximum of xis hundred forty tons, and it can carry three hundred fourteen tons when empty. It can carry 250 tons of freight and has a maximum range of 10,000 kilometers. For such a large aircraft, the top speed of 530 miles per hour is thought to be extremely impressive. The An-225 is also designed to perform military and civilian tasks successfully even in exceptionally bad circumstances.
The only completed Antonov An-225 Mriya is owned by Antonov Airlines, a Ukrainian freight company. According to Antonov Airlines, the An-225 has achieved 234 national and 124 world records, including transporting the heaviest payload ever—253,820 kg. The An-225 simultaneously set numerous world records on September 11, 2001, including one for transporting the largest load ever—nearly 560,000 pounds. Another world record was broken in a little nine years.
According to a statement from Antonov Airlines, two test wind turbine blades measuring 42.1 meters each were shipped by the An-225 in 2010 from Skrydstrup, Dᴇɴᴍᴀʀᴋ, to Shijiazhuang, Cʜɪɴᴀ. There are also world records that are related to altitude. In 2012, the An-225 established a new Guinness World Record for the highest art exhibition at 10,150 meters above sea level. According to the company, the aerial display included 500 works of art from 120 different painters.
Let’s see the world’s Heaviest aircraft: Antonov An-225 Mriya Stunning take-off from Toronto Pearson Airport in the ᴀᴡᴇsome video below.
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Video resource: Ross’ Aviation World