Antonov An-225

airlifter model by Antonov

The Antonov An-225 Mriya [a] is a Ukrainian cargo aircraft and the largest airplane in the world. It has 6 engines. It was manufactured by a company called Antonov. Three of them were built to carry the Soviet Space Shuttle Buran. Since the shuttle was never finished, the planes have been used to carry very large items that cannot be transported another way. However, there is only one in service today. It was modelled from the Antonov An-124 Ruslan. This plane is big enough to carry a Boeing 747's fuselage.

An-225 Mriya
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The An-225 in current livery in 2012
Role Cargo aircraft
National origin Soviet Union
Design group Antonov
Built by Antonov Serial Production Plant
First flight 21 December 1988
Status In service
Primary user Antonov Airlines
Produced 1985
Number built 1
Developed from Antonov An-124
The An-225 leaves six vapour trails. That is one for each engine.


  1. Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрія, lit.'dream' or 'inspiration', NATO reporting name: "Cossack"

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