Antonov An-225

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May 20, 2022

Antonov An-225 Mriya (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрия; Mriya means "Dream") was a cargo plane and also the largest plane in the world. Made in the Soviet Union, in today's Ukraine. Created on the basis of a slightly smaller Antonov An-124 Ruslan. Originally developed for the needs of the Soviet space program, primarily for the transport of the orbiter of the space shuttle Buran, which was transported attached in a special groove on the "back" of this aircraft. It has been used in commercial freight traffic since 2001. The first flight was made on December 21, 1988, and only one copy has been made to date, although it is planned to complete the second long-launched An-225 by the end of 2008. It was destroyed in its hangar on February 27, 2022, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Specifications

General characteristics crew: 6 members load: 250 t cargo door dimensions: 440 x 640 cm length: 84.0 m wing span: 88.4 m height: 18.1 m wing area: 905.0 m2 cargo space volume: 1300 m2 unladen mass: 285,000 kg maximum take-off mass: 640,000 kg engines: 6 x turbojet ZMKB Progress D-18, 229.5 kN each runway length: 3,500 m with maximum load Performance top speed: 850 km / h (460 knots) cruising speed: 800 km / h (430 knots) range: with maximum load: 4,000 km with maximum fuel: 15,400 kmflight ceiling: 11,000 m power / mass ratio: 0.234

Comparison with other aircraft

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Antonov An-124 Boeing 747-8

External links

An-225 on the official website Antonov.com Photograph of another An-225 still under construction