With its wingspan of 290-feet and a heft totaling 628,000 pounds, the Antonov An-225 dwarfs most other aircraft. But this giant of aviation accomplished a feat that even it would have been incapable of just a few months ago, landing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, March 7. CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan — The largest and heaviest aircraft in the world, the one-of-a-kind An-225 is currently operated by Ukraine’s Antonov Airlines and contracted to carry large cargo and supplies around the world.
I recall watching the An-225s fly into Baghdad during my time there, wondering what actually kept the aircraft in the air! Remarkable aircraft, even if it was designed by “the other side” during the Cold War.