World’s largest aircraft lands at Glasgow’s smallest airport

Aug 3, 2020

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On Sunday, the world’s biggest cargo plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, landed at Glasgow’s Prestwick (PIK) airport in Scotland.

According to Glasgow Live, hundreds gathered to watch the aircraft land at 2:49 p.m. on Sunday. The aircraft, powered by six Ivchenko Progress Lotarev D-18T turbofan engines, called in at Prestwick to refuel on its journey from Bangor, Maine (BGR) in the U.S., to Châteauroux (CHR) in France.

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(Image courtesy of FlightRadar24)

The monstrous plane was only on Scottish turf for just over one-and-a-half hours before powering up at 4:30 p.m. and heading south to its final destination in France.

(Image courtesy of FlightRadar24)

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The Antonov An-225 was originally designed to carry the Russian space shuttle back in the 1980s. It has a maximum takeoff weight of a whopping 640 tonnes (that’s 50 London double-decker busses) and a giant wingspan of 88.3 metres (290 feet). At a whopping 84 metres, it’s also longer than every commercial aircraft in the skies today.

Want to see it in action? Check out this footage from yesterday at Prestwick.

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