Fairbanks Airport Hosts THE Antonov An-225 Mriya

What logistics geeks do for fun   From left: Matt Irinaga, Dana Moudra Truffer, Christie Haupert, Marin Kuizenga, Erik Lund and Dana Coda meet the world's biggest plane. Photo: Marin Kuizenga

 Some of us in the Fairbanks office found ourselves out at the airport yesterday just in time for the landing of the Antonov An-225 Mriya, the largest airplane in the world, and the only one of its kind now in service.  Originally built to carry the Russian space shuttle, the Antonov is a giant cargo-carrying workhorse these days. 

Reported PFS' Alaska lead, Marin Kuizenga, "Many residents of Fairbanks, including the Fairbanks team and dog, lined the chain link fence to watch the Antonov 225’s arrival. According to the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, 'The plane is . . . bound for Haiti, by way of Miami. It is flying from Tokyo, the State Department of Transportation said, with 250,000 pounds of earthquake relief equipment.'"

 We've been at this a while, so there's not much about logistics that can blow our hair back, but dude! The plane can carry more than 10 times what the NSF's C-130s can carry up to Greenland or down to Antarctica. Imagine!  

No wonder it has 32 wheels (four in the front, and two sets of 14 in back).  

 Marin later sent a link to this graphic that compares the An-225 with the world's other flying hulks: 

 It's gotta be like flying around in a football field.  For more on the An-225, enjoy this video: 

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