The world’s largest airplane has set off on along journey from Central Europe to the Australian Outback. The six-engine, 600 tonne aircraft – which once was used to transport a Soviet space shuttle on its roof – took off from Gostomel airport in Ukraine on Tuesday and will land in front of a huge crowd of aviation enthusiasts in Perth at 10am on Sunday morning.
‘Antonov An-225 Mriya’
Designed and built in Ukraine in the 1980s, the immense ‘Antonov An-225 Mriya’ will have to pass through a number of refuelling stops across Eurasia, India and South East Asia before its 42 tyres hit the tarmac and drop off its precious cargo – an enormous 117 tonne power generator.
The world’s longest and heaviest plane, the Antonov An-225 that has set numerous records in transporting payloads, has a new mission: transporting a 117-tonne power generation to Perth in Australia. The 600-tonne aircraft, powered by six turbofan engines, will pass through a number of refuelling stops during its long journey from Central Europe to Australia.
‘Antonov An-225 Mriya’ lifts off
Thousands of people are expected to witness the behemoth land on the tarmac at Perth airport.
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