This Is The Largest Plane Ever Built, And You Wont Believe Its Actual Size

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Say hello to Antonov An-225 Mriya – it is the largest plane ever built and it is a wonder of human technology

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It takes a crew of 6 people to fly this plane, its first flight was on 21 December 1988 under the Soviet Union and it is still being used today as a commercial cargo plane. It’s original purpose was to carry the Buran space shuttle and its rockets boosters, the plane size is Wingspan = 88 meters ( 290 ft ), Length ( 84 ft )

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This massive plane have 32 wheels that can support a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tons  ( 1,411,000 pounds ) 

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It can hold up to 98,000 gallons of jet fuel, this plane is just a beast 

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There is only one Antonov An-225 built, EVER. A second airframe was partially built but was never completed because lack of funding and interest, this one was put in a storage hangar in 1994 as it was too expensive to fly. The six engines were removed and was being used in smaller models. In 2000, the plane was re-engined and put back to service 

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The 640 ton plane is powered by six Ivchenko Progress D-18T engines which give the plane a combined maximum thrust of 140,580 kilogram-force. It has carried pretty much anything you can imagine, four military battle tanks, ( at once ) wind turbine wings, parts of other planes and more. Basically anything that is too large for a normal cargo plane, this plane can get 

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In 2000, it was decided that the need for another An-225 became apparent and Antonov Airlines started finishing the second one  after it was stored since 1991, There were obvious delays for financial reasons and various problems. they still haven’t finished it but hope to do so in the future, just for the fun of it, the cost of building such a plane is estimated at $300 million and it will be able to hold 250 tons of cargo

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So there, you have it folks, some basic and cool information about something you might not know before. This plane is a true engineering wonder 

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Source: Imgur


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