Antonov An-225 “Mriya” is the world’s largest aircraft. When it was built, it surpassed any airliner built before by 50%. It was designed for the transportation of the Russian Space Shuttle “Buran” by the Antonov Design Bureau (HQ in Kiev, Ukraine), which already had built good and large cargo aircraft such as the Antonov An-124 “Ruslan”. The basic configuration of the An-225 is the same as the An-124, except the An-225 is longer, has no rear ramp/door assembly, and incorporates a 32-wheel landing gear system (two nose and fourteen main wheel bogies, seven per side, each with two wheels).
An-225 “Mriya” (“Mriya” is Ukrainian word for “dream) is also capable to transport other oversized objects/cargo. It is not a military aircraft, but it could find many military uses, because of the ability to transport cargo that no other aircraft is capable to.
NATO Code: Cossack
Max. take off weight — 600000kg
Max. speed – 528mph (850km/h), range with max payload – 2425nm (4500km), range with no cargo – 8310nm (15400km).
Wingspan 290 ft (88.4m), lenght — 84,00m, height — 18,10.
Only one was built since 1989, but a second one is now being built
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