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World’s Biggest Plane To Land in Perth, Australia For The First Time

May 19, 2016 06:04 AM EDT
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World's largest plane lands down Australian airport for the first time. Sunday marked history for Australians as Antonov AN-225 Mriya landed on Perth Airport.

The huge aircraft weighing 600 tons with wings of 290 feet or 88.4 meters long stirred the hearts of aviation enthusiasts who came all their way from different parts of the country to witness the historic aviation event.

The said event incited massive traffic congestion but the jam did not water down the aviation devotees' longing to view the landing of the large aircraft.

Around 15,000 people from all across Australia lined up at the airport railing to patiently wait for the Antonov to land.

"Aviation is in my blood, it gets my heart pumping and my adrenaline going," said Anna Maria Harrison, an aviation enthusiast.

"Some people drink, some smoke, but I just love planes," Harrison added, according to Newsmax

The gigantic cargo plane descended at Perth Airport to deliver a refinery generator weighing 100 plus tons which took about 12 hours to be unloaded from the aircraft.

"It's very rare to get something like this coming here," said David Eyre, president of the Aviation Association in Western Australia, as per Fox News.

Aside from its unusual size, Antonov AN-225 Mriya awaken the enthusiasm of many with its rare physical construction.

"It is exciting to see, for a start, you don't see six-engine aircrafts at all normally. It's got two tails, rather than the usual one you see on most big aircraft, so that makes it slightly different-looking," said David Eyre.

The Telegraph reported that the cargo aircraft was created in 1980's on its home base in Ukraine. It was originally designed to carry Russian "Buran" space shuttle above its main body section.

Its first flight was headed towards Czech Republic to pick up a huge Brush power generator. Then it went straight to Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan.

After some repairs due to problems with its under body frame, Antonov AN-225 Mriya took its journey towards Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and finally on its last leg towards Perth, Australia.

Watch this video for the actual footage on the Antonov AN-225 Mriya Australia landing.

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