World's largest airplane turning heads at MSP - Bring Me The News

World's largest airplane turning heads at MSP

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The largest airplane in the world is drawing attention as it sits at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

The Antonov AN-225 Mriya has a wingspan of 225 feet and can carry up to 550,000 pounds, which is the equivalent of three fully-loaded Boeing 737s – or seven humpback whales, officials told CTV News Edmonton.

It's about the length of a football field, which is two-and-a-half times as long as a Boeing 737 – and longer than the distance of the Wright Brothers' first flight, the Witchita Business Journal notes.

The Ukrainian-built aircraft was originally designed in the 1980s to transport the Russian space shuttles and booster rocket, but since 2002 it has been used to carry extra-large cargo commercially, Airlines.net says.

The Mriya, which means "dream" in Ukrainian, has been in the Twin Cities since Sunday. It hasn't been confirmed why this large aircraft is parked on the tarmac, but the Star Tribune and FOX 9 say the Mriya arrived in Minnesota to pick up large air conditioners, likely from Twin Cities-based Trane, and then it will make a stop in France or Switzerland before dropping the cargo off in the Middle East.

If you want to try to get a glimpse of the aircraft before it departs, media reports are saying that it's grounded until Wednesday, possibly because of paperwork issues.

Photographer and web developer Nick Benson snapped some photos of the aircraft during flight and as it sat at the Twin Cities airport.

MPR News says Tyler Hastings of Hudson, Wisconsin, got an up-close look at the plane. Check out his video:

Before stopping in the Twin Cities, the aircraft was in the United Kingdom and Canada.

Next Up

enbridge line 3

Complaint argues that Line 3 pipeline replacement is no longer needed

Honor the Earth filed the petition with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Tuesday.

danny lee bettcher

Minnesota man who had 28 DWIs dies weeks after leaving prison

Danny Lee Bettcher is considered the most prolific drunken driver in Minnesota history.

coronavirus Wisconsin

Health leader calls Wisconsin's COVID-19 situation a 'nightmare scenario'

Wisconsin is reporting record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

adam weeks

MN GOPers facing new claims they recruited legal pot candidates to run in swing races

Republicans have allegedly been encouraging people to run as legal marijuana candidates to take votes away from Democrats.

clayton brandt

Victim of car crash identified as Lake City firefighter

Lake City firefighter Clayton Brandt died after a single-vehicle crash early Tuesday.

hy-vee sterile carts

Hy-Vee starts using automated system to disinfect shopping carts

By mid-November, more than 200 Hy-Vee stores will have this system in place.

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Vikings will face Everson Griffen twice after trade to Lions

The former Vikings star was traded to Detroit for a fifth-round pick.

Jordana Green

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green diagnosed with leukemia

"I got this," Green wrote on her Facebook page.

CrispAndGreenPhoto

Minnesota-based Crisp & Green adds 20 locations in four states

The four-year-old local business says it's going national

victoria burrow pizza

Fair-inspired entertainment venue opening at Mall of America

Fair on 4 will feature axe throwing, go carts and more.

cheers-2636510_1280

Canceled: The Halloween bar crawl that no bars knew about

The dubiously organized event was planned for this weekend in Minneapolis.

Related