Watch this video of the world’s largest airplane making its final flight

Earlier this year, the world’s largest aircraft, the Ukrainian AN-225 Mriya, was destroyed in a hangar at Gostomel airport in Ukraine during fighting between the country’s forces and the Russian military. This week, London-based 26Aviation released its tribute video to the plane, showing the plane’s last flight just weeks before it was hit.

The charter traveled to Denmark to retrieve footage from the flight. It was also the plane’s last commercial trip, bringing medical supplies to Denmark from China in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, carrying more than 1,900 pounds.

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In the video, the team recalls arranging the final charter from Tianjin, China. “Rightly, Mriya carried vital humanitarian cargo to help those in need,” said one of the members. The plane held 127 world aviation records, one of the many reasons it was so revered. It also held the Guinness World Record for the highest painting exhibition on the planet.

The plane was destroyed in a hangar at Gostomel airport during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces - Credit: 26Aviation

The plane was destroyed in a hangar at Gostomel airport during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces – Credit: 26Aviation

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The gigantic 33-year-old plane was first unveiled during the Cold War era and was originally intended to carry the Soviet space shuttle Buran. However, by the early 1990s it had been transformed into a commercial freight transport. With a wingspan of 290 feet and six Ivchenko Progress D-18 turbofans, it could carry up to 250 tons of gear for about five hours. His nickname Mriya means “dream” in Ukrainian.

“We were lucky to get a front row seat on the side of the runway right where the plane took off,” 26Aviation representatives said. Robb Report.

“Although the flight was one of the most exciting charter flights we have ever flown, our tribute video is meant to celebrate the end of an icon who created memories for countless professionals and enthusiasts of the aviation during his 34 years of service.”

In May, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that he would begin building a second Antonov AN-225 Mriya to replace the first in honor of the country’s dead. The American company Stratolaunch is currently developing a unique twin-fuselage jet that will be similar in size to California, but heavier and with a larger wingspan.

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