The World's Largest Plane Was Just In Minneapolis And Is Ginormous

The Antonov 225 Mriya, or AN225, is the largest plane in the world. The six-engined behemoth was originally built for the purpose of carrying the Soviet space shuttle, the Buran. This week, it spent a couple of days in Minneapolis, and it drew a big crowd of avgeeks Wednesday night as it departed.

Video of the AN225 departure from MSP on 7/2/2014

Fox 9 of Minneapolis reported that the plane was in the Twin Cities to haul some massive air conditioners to the Middle East. Originally slated to depart on Monday evening, a paperwork delay supposedly kept the plane grounded until Wednesday night, just after 9:00PM.

People in the area took to Twitter to share their excitement and photos. Let's take a look at what some of them shared.

The World's Largest Plane Was Just In Minneapolis And Is Ginormous

The World's Largest Plane Was Just In Minneapolis And Is Ginormous

The World's Largest Plane Was Just In Minneapolis And Is Ginormous

The World's Largest Plane Was Just In Minneapolis And Is Ginormous

The World's Largest Plane Was Just In Minneapolis And Is Ginormous

The World's Largest Plane Was Just In Minneapolis And Is Ginormous

You can also visit this link for a large photo gallery of the Mriya, both inside and out.

Fun facts about the An-225 Mriya:

  • Its maximum takeoff weight is 640 tons. It once carried a 156-ton payload, which broke 110 world aviation records.
  • Compared to the largest passenger jet, the Airbus A380, the Mriya is 11 meters longer and its wingspan stretches 9 meters further.
  • Each of its 6 engines has a takeoff power of 12,500 horsepower. It takes 10 minutes just to warm up the engines on departure.
  • It has 13 fuel tanks, and can take up to a day and a half to fuel. With a full cargo load, it has to land and refuel about every two hours.
  • The cargo hold is big enough for about 80 cars, or two 737 hulls side by side.
  • It takes 10 minutes just to raise and store its cargo loading ramp.
  • It also has seating for up to 18 people, comprised of crew and mechanics.
  • It requires 11,483 feet of runway to takeoff when loaded.