вторник, 30 сентября 2008 г.

world's longest airplane

On December 21, 1981 the world's longest airplane made it's maiden flight.

The An-225, which is built by the Russian company Antonov, was manufactured to carry the Buran orbiter, Russia's version of the Space Shuttle.

The An-225 holds over 200 records, including the world's longest airplane at 84 meters or 276 feet.

Other stats:

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Payload: 250,000 kilograms or 551,000 pounds
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Wingspan: 88.40 meters or 291 feet 2 inches
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Height: 18.1 meters or 59.3 feet
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Weight: 175,000 kilograms org 385,800 pounds
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Maximum speed: 850 km/h or 530 mph
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Range: 14,000 kilometers or 8,700 miles

There was only one An-225 ever built, a second was started, but not completed.

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