The Antonov An-225 was built to carry the Buran space craft and rocket boosters, but today operates as the world’s largest cargo aircraft. Capable of carrying loads upwards of 200 t, the An-225 is called upon when only the most massive aircraft will do.
Only one An-225 was built and carries the registration UR-82060, operating for Antonov Airlines. A second airframe has been partially completed currently sits unfinished in a hangar outside of Kiev.
The An-225 was originally designed to carry the Buran space plane and rocket boosters, but after the cancellation of the Buran program, the aircraft began commercial cargo operations in 2002. Over the years it’s been known to transport food stuffs, military equipment, oil and gas machinery, and relief supplies all over the world, most recently in support of COVID-19.