Step inside the world’s largest plane: Antonov 225

A 747, diverted from Chicago because of storms, is dwarfed by the Antonov 225 at Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport. Bill Catlin/MPR News

The largest airplane ever built will be in the Twin Cities for another day.

The Antonov 225, the only flying version of the giant cargo carrier ever built, landed at MSP Airport on Saturday and was to take off both Sunday night and last night, drawing dozens of watchers to the airport to see how such a huge plane flies. But, owing to a “paperwork problem,” the plane won’t leave until tomorrow.

What’s it look like inside? This.

And a trip to the cockpit is like going back in time.

We may be seeing more of the plane. The Kiev Post reports that the freeze in relations between Ukraine and Russia will likely mean the cargo airline will fly more often to U.S. airports.

  • Craig Martin Stellmacher

    I clicked on this, and was a little disappointed you didn’t talk your way inside Bob. 😉

  • Jack

    Must have been on the other side of the airport when I went by on Sunday. Rats – would have liked to have seen it.

  • Deb Olander

    Well, now you’ve done it. I have to make the trip to the airport with my 10 yr old daughter. She wants to see this behemouth up close and personally!

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    With the wind the way it is, it looks like Runway 4 is the best guess. That’s a bummer because as I found out Monday there is a great place near the end of 22 with unobstructed views.

    • OTOH, that sends it right over Saint Paul.

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      • kevinfromminneapolis

        This sucks, it looks like the wind will be < 5. Which means we have to guess probably? I hate guessing.

  • Joyanne Hamilton

    I want to know if it is going to fly into Anchorage!

  • kishore

    Now the plane in hamad international airport doha qatar. ..