The largest, heaviest plane in the world landed yesterday at Toronto Pearson International Airport. I could not deprive myself of this rare opportunity, so I went and took some nice pics.
Here’s some background behind the AN225 before I show you the goods…
The Antonov AN225 (registration UR-82060) was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian SSR back in the 1980s. It was built for heavy cargo, and with its 6 turbofan engines and 32 wheels, the AN225 can carry up to 640 tonnes at takeoff. It has a wingspan of 88m and a range of just over 8000NM. This plane is surprisingly cheap coming in at about $250 million US dollars, so if you happen to have a bit of spare change lying around, I’d say it’s worth investing in one of these.
on a more serious note…
Recently, Antonov has been flying the AN225 Mriya to populated cities in North America, delivering medical supplies to help fight the CoVid-19 pandemic. As the plane is heavy, and the range isn’t too long, Mriya has had to do multiple legs to fly over here. Starting off at Tianjin Binhai International (ZBTJ), it has flown to Chubu Centrair International (RJGG) and Anchorage International (PANC), before finally arriving at Pearson International (CYYZ) on May 30th at 0949 local time. Toronto thanks Antonov for their kind help delivering much-needed supplies to our front-line workers and our vulnerable communities.
Now without further ado, here is the AN225 Mriya:
This is my first time spotting. Don’t go too harsh on me…
Let me know which shot was your favourite!
Also to you regular plane spotters, let me know ways that I can improve my plane spotting.