Antonov An-225

1st Flight 1988

Military Users- Ukraine

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.

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It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the heaviest aircraft ever built, with a maximum takeoff 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.

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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.

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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 Soviet military missions, it was mothballed for eight years.

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

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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.

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Specifications-

Crew: 6

Length: 84 m (275 ft 7 in)

Wingspan: 88.4 m (290 ft 0 in)

Height: 18.1 m (59 ft 5 in)

Wing area: 905 m2 (9,740 sq ft)

Aspect ratio: 8.6

Empty weight: 285,000 kg (628,317 lb)

Max takeoff 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

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

Performance

Maximum speed: 850 km/h (530 mph, 460 kn)

Cruise speed: 800 km/h (500 mph, 430 kn)

Range: 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)

Thrust/weight: 0.234

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Credits-

https://www.antonov.com/

Wikipedia.

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