The world’s largest aircraft, Antonov 225 “Mriya”, landed in Keflavík early Tuesday morning reports Morgunbladid. The aricraft flew in from Greece, on its way to the US carrying a massive power plant which will be used in the disaster area in the southern states of the US.
All day yesterday, a steady flow of traffic came to Keflavík to view the aircraft, reports the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service
The Antonov 225 “Mriya” is 84 meters long with a 88,5 meter wingspan and a six motor engine. Its maximum range with no cargo is 15,500 kilometers while its range with maximum cargo is 4,500 km. “Mriya” is Ukrainian word for “dream”.
Designed to transport the Russian Space Shuttle “Buran” it had its first flight in 1988 but stopped flying in 1991 after the cancellation of the Buran space program. In 2001 it was taken into use again.