The Largest Aircraft Ever Built.

by Daniel Russ on January 27, 2010

The Antonov 225 Mriya (Cossack) Carrying The Russian Shuttle Buran

The Russians built this plane to be a heavy lifter. Boy is it ever. According to Wikipedia “the An-225 has become the major workhorse of the Antonov Airlines fleet, transporting objects once thought impossible to move by air, such as locomotives and 150-ton generators, and has become a valuable asset to international relief organizations for its ability to quickly transport huge quantities of emergency supplies during disaster relief operations. Beginning in June 2003, the An-225, along with An-124s, delivered over 800 tons of equipment to aid humanitarian efforts in Iraq.

The An-225 has also been contracted by the Canadian and U.S. governments to transport military supplies to the Middle East in support of Coalition forces. ”

The Russians built two of them, and one was used to cannibalize the parts for the only flying version.

Payload: Over a quarter of a million tons

Wingspan: 290 ft 2 in

Height 60 ft

Maximum take off weight 600,00 tons .

Sources: Gordon, Yefim (2004). Antonov’s Heavy Transports: Big Lifters for War & Peace. Midland Publishing., Wikipedia

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Peter January 28, 2010 at 1:55 am

And this is still thelargest aircraft in the world, very impressive beast!!
I found other informations here.

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