A few months ago we told you about the Antonov An-225 , a huge plane in May performed a series of intercontinental flights picking loads up to 130 tons. But records are made to be broken and if not tell that to China, who are planning to take up this mega-aircraft, specifically the construction of more copies of An-225 .
Actually it is an agreement between the company that created the aircraft, the Ukrainian Antonov Corporation and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AICC). The plan? Not only there is a super aircraft, but form a mega-aircraft fleet capable of performing transport huge loads on a regular basis.
Made to break records
The An-225 was the largest aircraft built according to the records (talking-not military and civilians not dealt with a project), as recalled in Popular Science where echoes the intention of resurrecting the project are made, or more well renew it and give it more importance. The title of course it beats talking pulse measures 84 meters in length (from nose to tail) and 88 meters from wing to wing. A beast of 640 tons and six engines .
The An-225 record takes in dimensions and heavier loads
Besides the record size, the An-225 also carries of the heaviest load, 250 tons (253,820 kg), and the heavier loaded single element, a generator of 189,980 kilograms . Although we saw her last flight a few months ago as we remembered the beginning, the first was in 1988 a space aircraft carrying 105 tons.
A fleet of giant
As mentioned, the idea that the Chinese have is to create a transport network with these aircraft so that they can be moved from one side to another very heavy loads or large elements (such as generator we were saying, machinery, construction elements, etc.) . A project whose first phase consists in having a second An-225 in 2019 and later cover a second in which takes China technology engines, namely engines Progress D-18T (or Lotarev D-18T), designed to large aircraft (also of Ukrainian origin).
The new An-225 is already something other than above, since the cargo door is on the back (and we saw that in the An-225 nose opened to introduce the charge, being something quite striking). At present construction it is around the 60-70%, so it is plausible goal three years (nearly two) view, with the intention that the first flights were already made in 2020 .
Here is also contemplated military use , although not per se a military aircraft. AICC for the An-225 is a very suitable option for transporting military equipment, as can load helicopters, weapons and even tanks. He is under construction at the moment the second plane to transport large, long - term we will see if manage to create this fleet for large intercontinental transport.