Antonov An-225 Mriya is the world’s largest cargo aircraft that was strategically designed by Soviet Union’s Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s. The name of the aircraft is unique and fascinates its admirers. The meaning of Mriya in Ukrainian means ‘Dream’.
The aircraft made its first landing in India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad with the collaboration of the Ukrainian company with Mumbai. The enthralling fact about the beast of the skies is that it is the heaviest and longest airplane that has ever been built with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes.
The Beast holds many records under his name:
- World records for an airlifted single item payload of 189,980 kilograms (418,834 pounds)
- Airlifted total payload of 253,820 kilograms (559,577 pounds)
- It has the largest wingspan of aircraft in operational service.
- It has six turbofan engines and is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes
The Antonov An-225 Mriya was specifically developed to transport the Buran spaceplane. It was the enlargement of the successful Antonov An-124. It was developed as a replacement for Myasishchev VM-T.
Has A Twin Tail, Know Why?
The airplane carries heavy goods and the twin tail in the airplane enables it to carry large heavy external loads. The twin tail helps in flying without disrupting the airflow which a conventional tail cannot.
Is The Supply in An-225 Expensive?
The huge aircraft is contracted by the Canadian and U.S governments. The aim of the airplane is to transport military supplies to the Middle East in support of coalition forces.
An approximate cost of shipping cargo by An-225 in 2008 was calculated to be 2 million for flying from Billund, Denmark to Kazakhstan.