Worlds Largest Plane Lands In Australia

Crowds gathered to see the landing of Antonov An-225 Mriya in Perth

Thousands of people came out to see the landing of the Ukraine-built, Guinness-record-holding, Antonov An-225 Mriya, Mriya (??i?) means "Dream" in Ukranian. 

Antonov An-225 Mriya, Screenshot
Antonov An-225 Mriya, Screenshot

The plane landed in Perth, Australia to an audience of over 15,000 spectators and gridlocked motorways full of people hoping to see the behemoth land. The plane took off from Kiev, Ukraine and was transporting a 130-ton generator , which it picked up from Prague, Italy. It also had two stopovers one in the Middle East and another in Asia before completing its voyage. The reason for making so many stops is due to the weight and size of the plane, it can only fly for short distances before having to refuel.

The journey was successful, the generator was offloaded and transported to its destination.

Antonov An-225 Mriya, Screenshot
Antonov An-225 Mriya, Screenshot

The Antonov An-225 Mriya is 84 metres (275 ft) in length and  18.1 m (59 ft) in height, it was originally developed in 1988 by the Soviet Union for the purpose of transporting space shuttles. It's powered by 6 turbofans and has a maximum weight capacity of 710- ton, it empty weight is 300-ton. The Antonov has a maximum speed of 850kph(530mph), with a cruising speed of 800kph(500mph). It has 32 wheels in its landing gear and has a fuel capacity of 300,000 kg. There was only one model made as the second lost its funding.



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