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Old 03-07-2014, 01:53 AM   #3
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The Airbus 380 is of course the worlds largest passenger aircraft, with the Antonov 225 the largest cargo aircraft with even it's own crane gantry inside.

The Antonov 124 is more often seen as more were built, there is only one 225 and that was resurrected from '12 years' standing as scrap in Ukraine.

The 225 story is one of outright 'We WILL build her' .... guts and determination in the latter years of Soviet Union. Built to service the Soviet Space program - she was scrapped when Space program was cut back by Yeltsin. Stripped and left a shell in Ukraine, the 225 awaited the privatisation of Antonov Co. and the vision of providing huge lifting capability. The amusing part is that the American Space Program provided the core impetus to get her back in the air again. The 225 is unique in that it is the only aircraft to be able to carry such loads. They joke that it's 'baby sister' the 124 can be put inside - wings slid in beside of course !

I've watched both the 124 and 225 and the 225 is a sight to behold ...

The other amazing fact of course is that the 124's and 225 were designed not only for smooth surfaces but also rough if called for military duties.

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