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Antonov An-225 Mriya

The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian SSR within the Soviet Union during the 1980s.

It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the heaviest aircraft ever built, with a maximum take-off weight of 640 tonnes (710 short tons; 630 long 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 with a slightly different configuration was partially built.

Its construction was halted in 1994 because of lack of funding and interest, but revived briefly in 2009, bringing it to 60–70% completion.

On 30 August 2016, Antonov agreed to complete the second airframe for Airspace Industry Corporation of China as a prelude to commencing series production.

The Antonov An-225 was initially developed as an enlargement of the Antonov An-124 to transport Buran-class orbiters.

The only An-225 airplane was completed in 1988.

After successfully fulfilling its military missions, it was mothballed for eight years.

It was then refurbished and reintroduced, and is in commercial operation with Antonov Airlines, carrying oversized payloads.

The airlifter holds the absolute world record for an airlifted single-item payload of 189,980 kg (418,830 lb), and an airlifted total payload of 253,820 kg (559,580 lb).

It has also transported a payload of 247,000 kg (545,000 lb) on a commercial flight.

*The Antonov An-225 Mriya was destroyed during Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine 2022*





84 m (275 ft 7 in)


88.4 m (290 ft 0 in)


18.1 m (59 ft 5 in)

Wing area

905 m2 (9,740 sq ft)

Aspect ratio


Empty weight

285,000 kg (628,317 lb)

Max take-off weight

640,000 kg (1,410,958 lb)

Fuel capacity

More than 300,000 kg (661,000 lb)

Cargo hold

Volume 1,300 m3 (46,000 cu ft),

43.35 m (142.2 ft) long × 6.4 m (21 ft) wide × 4.4 m (14 ft) tall


6 × Progress D-18T turbofans, 229.5 kN (51,600 lbf) thrust each


Maximum speed

850 km/h (530 mph, 460 kn)

Cruise speed

800 km/h (500 mph, 430 kn)


15,400 km (9,600 mi, 8,300 nmi) with maximum fuel

Range with 200 tonnes payload

4,000 km (2,500 mi)

Service ceiling

11,000 m (36,000 ft)

Wing loading

662.9 kg/m2 (135.8 lb/sq ft)




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