Photos and article by Dion Makowski
What, exactly, makes four guys from Melbourne, Australia (and one girl) fly to Perth, Western Australia to see one aeroplane? This is roughly the same distance as San Francisco, California to Austin, Texas.
Spotters across the globe know the aeroplane in question, the 1988-built AN-225 Мрія, UR-82060 (Mriya in Ukrainian means Dream or inspiration) which is the World’s longest and heaviest aircraft yet built. Powered by six Ivchenko-Progress D-18 turbofan engines, it has the highest takeoff weight (at 710 Short Tons). The previous biggest aircraft, the Hughes H-4 Hercules or “Spruce Goose” did have a greater wingspan and overall height...Read More