The world’s largest cargo plane An-225 Mriya made his first commercial flight this week. It landed in Australia on May 15th after five days travel from Kyiv to deliver a generator weighing 130 tons.
Thousands of people gathered in Perth, Australia to see this plane. In Ukraine, this event made a wave of patriotic and pride posts in social media.
UAH collected six videos which help better understand what the An-225 Mriya is, and why it is so important for Ukraine:
1. World’s biggest plane the Antonov An-225 Mriya has lands in Perth Australia
2. Antonov An225 Mriya landing at Doncaster airport England
3. The An-225 has been contracted by the Canadian and U.S. governments to transport military supplies to the Middle East
4. An-225 was designed to airlift the Energia rocket’s boosters and the Buran space shuttle for the Soviet space program
5. Discovery view on An-225 Mriya
6. If you are still interested watch this one hour ultimate movie about Antonov 225 Mriya
The Antonov An-225 Mriya (NATO reporting name: Cossack) is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Soviet Union’s Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s. The An-225’s name, Mriya (Мрiя) means “Dream” (Inspiration) in Ukrainian. It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes (710 short tons).
It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service. The single example built has the Ukrainian civil registration UR-82060. A second airframe was partially built; its completion was halted because of lack of funding and interest.