Largest plane draws crowds in Australia

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The An-225 Mriya is the longest and heaviest plane ever built

Thousands of Australian aircraft enthusiasts have watched the world’s largest plane, the Antonov An-225 Mriya, arrive in Perth.

The 84m-long plane, which weighs 175 tonnes without cargo or fuel, was transporting a 117-tonne generator.

Traffic blocked roads on Sunday as crowds gathered to watch the plane’s arrival.

The plane picked up its cargo in Prague and stopped at locations in the Middle East and Asia on its way to Australia.

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The An-225’s vast nose opens. Its nose gear is designed to kneel to allow loading of cargo

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Tens of thousands of aircraft enthusiasts gathered in and around Perth airport to see the An-225 land

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The An-225’s twin tail, which helps it carry very heavy loads, is a favourite feature among plane spotters

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The plane’s landing gear has 32 wheels and it is powered by six engines

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The An-225 Mriya stopped off at Hyderabad and other cities across the world on its way to Perth

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The Howard Hughes-designed H-4 Hercules, known as the Spruce Goose, had a greater wingspan and height than the An-225, but was shorter and only flew once


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