Flying Giant in Cebu


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The world’s biggest aircraft is set to make an appearance at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport early tomorrow morning (Tuesday) to make a very important delivery.

According to our sources, the Russian-built Antonov An-225—dubbed by some as the “aluminum overcast”—will fly to Cebu to deliver some outsized equipment (most likely power turbines) for the Lopez-controlled First Gen Corp.

Only one An-225 was ever made by the former Soviet Union, meant to ferry on its back the USSR’s version of the Space Shuttle in the 1980s. It is powered by six jet engines and has a total of 32 wheels (to distribute its weight evenly and thus prevent damaging the concrete on airport runways).

The Ukranian-registered plane also holds the world record for heaviest take off weight of a little over 253 tons. Needless to say, it is larger and heavier than either the Airbus A380 or the Boeing 747.

For a better idea on how big the An-225 is, imagine its cargo hold which has a volume of 1,300 cubic meters (6.4 meters wide, 4.4 meters high and 43.3 meters long).

The entire first flight of the Wright brothers’ “Flyer” could have been performed comfortably within the An-225’s cargo hold.

First Gen officials have confirmed that the aircraft has been hired for the delivery, but are tight-lipped on what exactly it will be delivering on its early morning flight. We’ll know by Tuesday morning.

Source: Daxim L. Lucas, Philippine Daily Inquirer