Antonov An-225 Mriya Static Display in Crowded

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The Antonov An-225 Mriya while on static display in a Paris crowded, the nose-opened at the front-end of the aircraft. This photo captured at Paris Air Show 2001, look at the above image. Many visitors were walked down into cargo compartment of An-225, the size comparison between man and aircraft is so obvious. What a huge an aircraft.

The nickname, Mriya, is the largest aircraft ever built. Six engines power massive 640 tonnes of maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) and up to 200 tonnes of payload or cargo. If the fuel tank is being full, it takes weight about 300 tonnes and 15,400 km of flight range. This performance makes An-225 to be outstanding strategic air lifter. It manufactured by Antonov, Ukraine (was Soviet Union), most of it flight missions are cargo chartered services, its customers are US government, Germany, France and Russia. The Mriya even can carry Buran, the Russian spacecraft.

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