A Slideshow (and video) of the Largest Plane Ever Built – Antonov An-225 “Mriya”

August 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Someone shared this incredible slideshow (with commentary )of the Antonov An-22 Mriya, the largest plane ever built.  Stunning to say the least.

A few nuggets of data from the slideshow:

  • It takes a crew of 6 people to fly this plane.
  • Wingspan: 88 meters (290 feet) Length: 84 meters (275 feet)
  • 32 wheels supporting a maximum take-off weight of 640 tonnes (1,411,000 pounds).
  • hold up to 300 000 kg of jet fuel; about 98,000 gallons (apparently, the cargo hold is longer than the Wright Brother’s first flight!)

Pretty crazy numbers.  Anyways, enjoy the slide show below.

And here is a video of the plane taking off at the Zurich airport.  To see this beast of a plane gliding in the air is a sight to behold.