Friday, March 04, 2022

Aviation History: Time when Antonov An-225 Mriya touched the Indian ground for first time

Reminiscing about the world's largest Antonov An-225 got us thinking about the time when it touched the Indian ground. The Ukrainian made; world's largest aircraft Mriya once landed in India back in 2016 at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad.

The aircraft came to Hyderabad in India from Turkmenistan. The world's largest aircraft AN-225 Mriya landed for a technical halt. It was carrying a generator that weighed 116 tonnes. Which is almost half the max total carrying capacity of the aircraft.

At its first landing, the aircraft managed to keep everyone wondering about its size with its wingspan of 88.4 metres carrying six turbofan engines. Its long length of 84 meters from nose to tail was a part of everyone's thought process.

It made headlines not just because of its massive size but also because of its weight carrying capacity of 250 tonnes and maximum take-off weight of 650 tonnes. Though built in the Soviet Era even in modern times it managed to be a mega marvel.

It was a flying behemoth with a height of 18 meters, you can imagine this height as it is comparable to the height of a six-storey tall building. Even, the story of the creation of this giant aircraft is as incredible as its size.

Mriya's huge landing gear has 32 wheels spaced across it. According to aircraft manufacturers, the cargo compartment is pressurised, which increases the aircraft's transport capability.

04/03/22 ZeeNews

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