Friday, December 4, 2015

This Plane Needs 32 Wheels To Hold It (8 Pics)

Its first flight was on 21 December 1988 under the Soviet Union and it is still in use today as a commercial cargo plane (Antonov Airlines). It was originally designed to carry the Buran space shuttle and its rocket boosters.

It takes 6 crew members to fly this plane. It also has a wingspan of over 290 feet.

The Antonov An-225 has 32 wheels supporting a maximum take-off weight of 640 tonnes that is about 1,411,000 pounds.

It can hold up to 300 000 kg of jet fuel;  which is about 98,000 gallons of fuel.

There is only one AN-225 built, ever.

It has carried  four military battle tanks (at once), wind turbine wings, parts of other planes, etc. Basically, anything too large for a normal cargo plane.

It is said to have cost over  $300 million to make.


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