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An-225 heavy load cargo aircraft (24 pics)

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Currently the world's largest aircraft, the An-225 Mriya (dream) stemmed from the need to transport large items for the Soviet space programme. Previously a converted Myasishchev Mya-4 'Bison' bomber had been used to carry outsize items on its back, but this had a limited payload capacity, meaning many components had to be disassembled or not carried at all.

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In mid-1985 Antonov was entrusted with the design of a new aircraft able to carry the Buran shuttle orbiter, large components of the Energiya launch vehicles and other outsize items for construction and mining industries. Construction of the An-124 provided the basis for the new aircraft, Antonov using many of the same components to keep cost and development effort down.


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The fuselage and wings are similar to the An-124, the cabin retaining the same cross-sectional dimensions but with increased length. To save weight the rear loading ramp is removed, but the An-225 retains the nose visor. Standard An-124, wings are grafted on to a new centre section, thereby increasing the span while keeping the engine installations the same. An additional pair of D-36T turbofans is fitted to the new centre section, raising thrust to an amazing 1377kN. In order to support the increased weight, seven pairs of wheels are fitted to each side as opposed to five in the An-124.


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Outsize loads that cannot fit into the capacious cabin (including Buran and Energiya components) are carried 'piggy-back', the load supported on two main attachments above the centre section. These supports and other smaller ones along the fuselage top are faired over when not in use. To avoid buffeting from the 'piggyback' load, the An-225 has twin vertical fins mounted on the end of a large tailplane.


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The prototype made its first flight on 21 December 1988, and in March 1989 set up no fewer than 106 world and class records in one flight from Kiev, at a maximum take-off weight in excess of 500000kg. Only two have been completed so far, and the first flew with Buran on 13 May 1989, This combination made a dramatic appearance in the West for the first time a month later at the Paris Air Salon.


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Specifications (An-225)

General characteristics:

- Crew: 6
- Payload: 250,000 kg (550,000 lb)
- Door dimensions: 440 x 640 cm (14.4 x 21.0 ft)
- Length: 84 m (275.6 ft)
- Wingspan: 88.40 m (290 ft 2 in)
- Height: 18.1 m (59.3 ft)
- Wing area: 905.0 m² (9,743.7 ft²)
- Cargo Volume: 1300 m³ (45913.8 ft³)
- Empty weight: 175,000 kg (385,800 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 600,000 kg (1,323,000 lb)
- Powerplant: 6× ZMKB Progress D-18 turbofans, 229.5 kN (51,600 lbf) each
- Takeoff run: 3,500 m (11,500 ft) with maximum payload

Performance:

- Maximum speed: 850 km/h (460 knots, 530 mph)
- Cruise speed: 800 km/h (430 knots, 500 mph)
- Range:
o With maximum fuel: 15,400 km (9,570 mi)
o With maximum payload: 4,000 km (2,500 mi)
- Service ceiling: 11,000 m (36,100 ft)
- Wing loading: 662.9 kg/m² (135.5 lb/ft²)
- Thrust/weight: 0.234

Text: wiki + aviastar.org


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№1 Author: Ty Webb (25 Jul 2009 23:47) Total user comments: 6156


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yeah those ruskies can build some big sky machines. They also built the biggest helicopter.

Most of the big planes and choopers were a result of the cold war.
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№2 Author: salsapopo (7 Oct 2009 12:50) Total user comments: 12723


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it can carry a plan in side it
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№3 Author: mudassargold (8 Oct 2009 11:38) Total user comments: 1951


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awesome
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№4 Author: RUSauditor (13 Oct 2009 07:10) Total user comments: 417


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Good planes
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№5 Author: nolife (17 Dec 2009 01:41) Total user comments: 1907


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i like how it opens on the front
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№6 Author: RecklessD (18 Feb 2010 09:13) Total user comments: 34


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wooow, amazing, i love the aircrafts 15
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№7 Author: shakthivel (26 Mar 2010 15:23) Total user comments: 0


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king of cargo.................
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№8 Author: mahedi (21 Feb 2012 10:39) Total user comments: 10772


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Its huge 04
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№9 Author: fluorescentG (26 Jun 2013 15:08) Total user comments: 3958


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its impressive how big the wings are and can hold so much weight
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