Biggest Plane in the World
“Flight is possible to man.” These are strong words delivered by Wilbur Wright, one half of the inventors of airplanes. Since it was first introduced by the Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, planes have come a long way, making it the safest mode of transportation. It can also bring you from one place to another at the shortest possible time, especially when it involves travelling from country to country.
The evolution of these flying machines has definitely made human travel easier. As technology progress, planes of various features and sizes are made available to the public. While chartered planes may be smaller and cheaper, imagine riding Antonov An-225 Mriya, the biggest plane in the world.
Meaning of Its Name
Made in Ukraine, the name ‘Mriya’ means “dream” (inspiration) in Ukrainian language. It was originally developed to transport the Buran Shuttle for the Soviet space program as well as the bigger version of Antonov An-124 since a heavy cargo transport was needed at that time.
The World’s Biggest
Antonov An-225 Mriya is the biggest plane in the world by far with only one of its kind. Designed by Antonov Design Bureau by Ukrainian designers in the 1980s, this plane is a strategic airlift cargo and is also the world’s heaviest aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes and fuel capacity of 300,000 kilograms. It also has a length of 84 meters or 275 feet and 7 inches, a height of 18.1 meters or 59 feet and 5 inches and a service ceiling of 11,000 meters. An-225 Mriya also has a wingspan of 88.4 meters or 290 ft and a wing area that can reach up to 9,740 sq ft.
Ready for Take Off
Although not designed to break records, Antonov An-225 Mriya definitely made records when it took its first flight on December 21, 1988 from Kiev. The plane had its first commercial flight on May 1990 when it delivered a T-800 tractor which weighs more than 100 tons from Chelyabinsk to Yakutia.
But the collapse of USSR meant that the aircraft stopped its aircraft services. Antonov An-225 Mriya was then modified to meet civil aviation standards and on May 23, 2001, it was given the certificate by the Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IAC AR). On September 11 of the same year, the plane carried 4 main battle tanks with a total load of 253.82 tons.
Commercially, An-225 Mriya started its service when it departed from Stuttgart, Germany to Thumrait, Oman on January 3, 2002 to deliver 216,000 prepared meals for American soldiers based in Oman. It was also contracted by US and Canadian governments to transport military supplies to the Middle East. Further, it was used to deliver supplies and goods for various international relief organizations as well as move large objects by air such as locomotives and 150-ton generators.
So when you have impossibly huge objects or products that need to be transported in other countries, you know you can always rely on Antonov An-225 Mriya, the world’s biggest airplane.