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.

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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