World's largest plane Aussie touchdown attracts thousands
THE buzz over the world's largest plane landing in Perth is still being felt after the arrival of The Antonov An-225 Mriya, which weighs up to a whopping 600 tonnes, on Sunday.
Tens of thousands of excited spectators gathered in Perth for the aviation milestone.
The 84.4 metre long plane, which has a wingspan of the same, can fly 4000 kilometres with a 200 tonne payload.
Even empty, it weighs a whopping 175 tonnes before its fuel and cargo is loaded.
The plane's arrival was delayed almost two hours but fans didn't seem to mind as they gasped in awe of its size as it flew overhead.
By the numbers
Length: 84 m (275 ft 7 in)
Wingspan: 88.4 m (290 ft 0 in)
Height: 18.1 m (59 ft 5 in)
Wing area: 905 m2 (9,740 sq ft)
Empty weight: 285,000 kg (628,317 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 640,000 kg (1,410,958 lb)
Fuel capacity: 300,000 kg
Cargo hold - volume 1,300 m3 (46,000 cu ft), length 43.35m, width 6.4m, height 4.4m
Powerplant: 6 × ZMKB Progress D-18 turbofans, 229.5 kN (51,600 lbf) thrust each
Maximum speed: 850 km/h (528 mph; 459 kn)
Cruising speed: 800 km/h (497 mph; 432 kn)
Range: 15,400 km (9,569 mi; 8,315 nmi) with maximum fuel; range with 200 tonnes payload: 4,000 km (2,500 mi)
Service ceiling: 11,000 m (36,089 ft)
Wing loading: 662.9 kg/m2 (135.8 lb/sq ft)
The plane is used to transport massive cargo around the world.
This time it was carrying a 117-tonne generator from Prague.
According to Aviation WA president David Eyre, it is the longest and heaviest aircraft ever built, as well as boasting the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service.
"It is the first time it's come to Australia, so it's a big event for all aviation enthusiasts around Australia," Mr Eyre told the ABC.
"It is exciting to see, for a start, you don't see six-engine aircrafts at all normally,
"It's got two tails, rather than the usual one you see on most big aircraft, so that makes it slightly different-looking.
"I suppose it's louder than most aircraft, but I wouldn't say excessively loud, but it's still an impressive sight to see in the air because it's so huge."