The World's Largest Plane Is Caught On Camera As It Takes Off

Storyful Published March 31, 2017 794,108 Plays

Rumble In November 2016, Gerd Valdeig visited Leipzig/Halle Airport in Germany to film the Antonov An-225 Mriya, otherwise known as the world’s largest airplane, taking off. Despite the freezing temperatures and the near-24 hour delay in departure time, huge crowds gathered to watch this fascinating moment.

The Antonov An-225 Mriya (dream or inspiration) is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian SSR within the Soviet Union during the 1980s. It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 710 tons. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service. The single example built has the Ukrainian civil registration UR-82060. A second airframe with a slightly different configuration was partially built. Its construction was halted in 1994 because of lack of funding and interest, but revived briefly in 2009, bringing it to 60%-70% completion.

The first and only An-225 was completed in 1988. After successfully fulfilling its Soviet military missions, it was mothballed for eight years. It was then refurbished and re-introduced, and is in commercial operation with Antonov Airlines carrying oversized payloads. The airlifter holds the absolute world records for an airlifted single-item payload of 418,830 pounds,and an airlifted total payload of 559,580 lb. It has also transported a payload of 545,000 lb on a commercial flight.

All airplanes are prodigy of engineering and ingenuity. Humans are not meant to fly, but humans are excellent at overcoming even the greatest obstacles. A man looked up at birds in the sky and wished he could soar as well. Though we are physically handicapped by our limitations our intelligence and persistence are able to make the impossible happen. Like inventing airplanes for instance. Airplanes play a huge part in our world’s history. They revolutionized travel, transportation, trade, and the military. Airplanes deliver humans and cargo to every corner of the world. At this point, we take airplanes filling the skies for granted, even though modern airplanes are a fairly new invention. Watch the aircraft soar into the air in the video below and don’t forget to like and share the amazing sight!

Since we are talking about the miraculous capabilities of airplanes, we can say that there are many videos with astonishing airplanes’ maneuvers but this is the most heart-pounding one that went viral showing expert pilots putting a passenger plane through its paces. It shows the moment an Airbus A350 makes a near-vertical take-off. The incredible footage, captured at the Farnborough Air Show in Hampshire, UK, shows the giant plane rise rapidly into the air seconds after taking off. The display of acrobatics is aimed at demonstrating the new model’s capabilities.

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  • mustaller, 1 year ago

    Living in Tampa we operated Air Cargo Systems Inc and were members of the Tampa Bay Transportation Club. One day we received a call that an Antonov 124 cargo plane had just unloaded and there was an invitation extended to our originization for an onboard visit. Though smaller the enormous amount of space inside was striking. The idea that there was an extended beam running the inside nose to tail length of the aircraft was amazing. THIS allowed loading forward or aft and the ability to move anything once inside by an overhead crane was interesting.

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