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32 Massive Pictures Of The World’s Biggest Aircraft

Russian photographer Slava Stepanov has captured stunning shots of the world’s largest plane - the An-225 Mriya.

1. An-225 Mriya is the heaviest airlift cargo aircraft ever to take to the sky.

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2. “Mriya” means “Dream” in Ukrainian.

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3. The maximum takeoff weight is 640 tons.

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4. It was designed as an air transport system for the Soviet Space Shuttle Buran.

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5. There is only one of these planes in existence.

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6. The airplane was designed in the USSR and manufactured by Kiev Mechanical Plant in 1988.

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7. The An-225 is 84 metres long and 18 metres high.

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8. It transported a payload of 156.3 tons on March 22, 1989 which broke 110 air world records - a record in itself.

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9. The pressurized cargo hold is 1,300 m3 (46,000 cu ft) in volume.

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10. Up to 80 passenger cars could be loaded inside it.

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11. Fueling time ranges from half an hour to a day and a half.

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12. This plane is 11 meters longer than an Airbus 380, with a wingspan nine metres longer.

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13. It’s also eight meters longer and has a 20 meter-larger wingspan than a Boeing 747.

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14. This plane could fit a Boeing-737 inside it.

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15. It can reach a maximum speed of 850 km/h, or 528 mph.

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16. Each engine has a takeoff power of about 12,500 hp.

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17. The type’s first flight in commercial service departed from Stuttgart, Germany on 3 January 2002.

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18. It flew to Thumrait, Oman with 216,000 prepared meals for American military personnel.

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19. Since then it has transported all sorts of things once thought impossible to move by air, such as locomotives.

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20. According to Wikipedia: “On 11 August 2009, the heaviest single cargo item ever sent via air freight was loaded onto the Antonov 225.”

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21. According to Tom Dowling: “It was a generator for a gas power plant in Armenia and the loading frame weighed a record 189 tonnes (420,000 lb).”

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22. It was 16.23 metres (53.2 ft) long and 4.27 metres (14.0 ft) wide.

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23. And on 11 June 2010, the An-225 carried the world’s longest piece of air cargo.

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24. It was two new 42-meter test wind turbine blades, which it flew from Tianjin, China, to Denmark.

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25. Takeoff and landing speed depends on the weight of the aircraft and ranges from 240 km/h up to 280 km/h.

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26. The aircraft has a crew of six.

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27. They are the captain, first officer, navigator, chief flight engineer, flight engineer of onboard equipment and the radio operator.

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28. The crew say Kabul is the most difficult place to land due to the highlands and other obstacles.

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29. The plane has become a major asset to international relief organizations.

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30. Its massive size means it can quickly transport huge quantities of emergency supplies during disaster relief operations.

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31. These labels are souvenirs presented by numerous visitors and stuck to an escape hatch.

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