An-225, photos of the biggest bird

A long-time Cargo Facts reader recently sent us a link to a website with some terrific photos of the Antonov An-225, the world’s largest commercial cargo aircraft. Here are a couple of samples, but we encourage you to visit Gelio the website of photographer Slava Stephanov, for a look at dozens of great shots of the An-225. (And if you hit the little arrow keys at the top of the page, you’ll see his photos of a variety of other subjects, too.)

Only one An-225 was built, originally to transport Soviet-era spacecraft, and it is now used in commercial charter service worldwide. It holds the aircraft payload world record of 156.3 tonnes.

What a monster! Photo Slava Stephanov

What a monster! 84 meters long and 18 meters high. Photo Slava Stephanov

Six  D-18T engines power the An-225. Photo: Slava Stephanov

Six D-18T engines power the An-225. Photo: Slava Stephanov

The An-225's cargo compartment is 43 meters long, 6.4 meters wide, and 4.4 meters high. Photo: Slava Stephanov.

The An-225’s cargo compartment is 43 meters long, 6.4 meters wide, and 4.4 meters high. Photo: Slava Stephanov.

The flight engineer's station is old school. Photo: Slava Stephanov.

The flight engineer’s station is old school. Photo: Slava Stephanov.

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