Largest Plane, Antonov An-225 Mriya Lands In Australia

The 84m-long plane, which weighs 175 tonnes without cargo or fuel, was transporting a 117-tonne generator.

Traffic blocked roads on Sunday as crowds gathered to watch the plane’s arrival.

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The plane picked up its cargo in Prague and stopped at locations in the Middle East and Asia on its way to Australia.

The An-225's nose opened in PerthImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe An-225’s vast nose opens. Its nose gear is designed to kneel to allow loading of cargo
People take photos of the An-225 at Perth airportImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionTens of thousands of aircraft enthusiasts gathered in and around Perth airport to see the An-225 land
Twin tail of the An-225Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe An-225’s twin tail, which helps it carry very heavy loads, is a favourite feature among plane spotters
Close-up of the An-225's landing gearImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe plane’s landing gear has 32 wheels and it is powered by six engines
The An-225 Mriya in HyderabadImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe An-225 Mriya stopped off at Hyderabad and other cities across the world on its way to Perth
File shot of the Hughes H-4 HerculesImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe Howard Hughes-designed H-4 Hercules, known as the Spruce Goose, had a greater wingspan and height than the An-225, but was shorter and only flew once


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