(by Andegna.com) Known in Ethiopian, the Russian made, world’s largest airplane has set off on a long journey from Europe to Australia.
Designed and built in Ukraine in the 1980s, the immense ‘Antonov 124’ once was used to transport Axum obelisk from Rome to Ethiopia, with each section of the obelisk weighing between 70 and 80 tons. The transporter had to find a plane strong enough to carry Axum’s huge weight. At the time, only two planes could handle that weight which were the US made Lockheed C-5 Galaxy and the Russian Antonov 124. Since all the Galaxy planes were employed in Iraq, the Antonov was chosen to carry out the flight.
The six-engine, 600 tons aircraft – which once was also used to transport a Soviet space shuttle on its roof – took off from Gostomel airport in Ukraine on Tuesday and will land in front of a huge crowd of aviation enthusiasts in Perth at 10am on Sunday morning, reports African Leadership.
‘Antonov An-225 Mriya’ will have to pass through a number of refueling stops across Eurasia, India and South East Asia during its long journey before its 42 tires hit the tarmac. The giant carried an enormous 117 tons of power generator to Perth in Australia.
Image: Antonov An-225 Mriya