As lightweight composite materials and advanced aviation technology enable larger aircraft to take to the skies, it’s interesting to note that the largest airplane in the history of aviation is Ukraine’s Antonov An-225 Mriya, built in the 1980s.
It was a day the entire team had been waiting for. The Antonov An-148 lifted off from a runway in Russia, and successfully performed the tasks required during its forty-one minute flight. On its maiden flight, the Antonov An-148 climbed to five thousand meters and maintained speeds of just less than five hundred and fifty-five kilometers per hour. This magnificent collaboration between Russia and Ukraine has produced a new aircraft that has already begun to make a massive impression on the aviation industry.
Cargo aircraft refers to an airplane designed principally for use in carrying goods or freight, either for commercial use or military. Cargo aircraft may be classified according to its range, i.e. short-, medium- and long-range, with different sizes being utilized. Features of cargo aircraft vary according to their purpose. Some cargo planes have been developed [...]
The Antonov An-72 Coaler transport and cargo plane was developed for the Russian military, and some details about the airplane (including its original cost) remain unknown today. The first prototype of the An-72 was flown in 1977, and it was designed to replace the An-26 transport aircraft. In 1985, two versions of the An-72 airplane [...]
When European Aeronautic Defense & Space Co. (EADS) first announced plans to manufacture the Airbus A380-800, it was projected to be the worldâ€™s largest passenger airline. Its freight-carrying offshoot, the A380-800F, would be second in payload size only to the Antonov An-225.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has hired a Russian company to haul oversized freight in the Antonov An-124, a Soviet-era aircraft, and the world’s largest jet. Volga-Dnepr, the plane’s manufacturer, is trying to raise the money needed to restart production of the aircraft which was halted in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. At that time, only 56 of the An-124s had been completed.