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Take a Tour of the An-225 and Follow It to Perth, Australia in May

Take a Tour of the An-225 and Follow It to Perth, Australia in May

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On 10 May, the largest cargo plane in the world will begin a 9 day journey from Ukraine to Australia. The Antonov An-225 Mriya will be bringing a large generator to Perth, arriving on 15 May. We have included the tentative schedule for the An-225 flights in May below. We also take a look inside the the An-225 to see how it carries up to 250 tonnes using its six engines.

Tentative Schedule to Perth

DateFlightETDOriginDestinationETA
10 MayADB310F 0700UKKM/GMLLKPR/PRG 0855
12 MayADB3610 0400LKPR/PRG UTAK/KRW 1000
12 MayADB3610 1300UTAK/KRW VOHS/HYD 1830
13 MayADB3610 2000VOHS/HYD WMKK/KUL2359
14 MayADB3610 2030WMKK/KULYPPH/PER 0200 +1
16 MayADB36552300YPPH/PER OMDW/DWC1140
18 MayADB36550500OMDW/DWCLIMC/MXP1200
19 MayADB356F0800LIMC/MXPEDDP/LEJ0930
20 MayADB36560700EDDP/LEJHECA/CAI1130
20 MayADB36561330HECA/CAIOMAA/AUH1730
24 MayADB356F0700OMAA/AUHUKKM/GMLTBA

All scheduled times UTC.

Note that the schedule is tentative and subject to change. We will update this post with any new information as it becomes available.

 

Arrival in Perth

 

Touring the An-225

The An-225 in Leipzig
The An-225 in Leipzig

The An-225 is powered by six D-18 engines, also used on the An-124. The An-225 rolls on a total of 32 wheels. The main gear includes 14 wheels on each side, while the front gear is 2×2. The cargo area measures 43 meters long by 6.4 meters wide by 4.4 meters tall, with 1300 cubic meters of usable cargo area. Cargo is loaded via the massive front door, which hinges open so that a ramp may extend out.

Looking up at the open cargo door and into the cargo area of the An-225
Looking up at the open cargo door and into the cargo area of the An-225

The tail of the An-225 features a large dual vertical stabilizer design. And unlike many other large cargo aircraft, the An-225 lacks a rear cargo door.

The An-225’s tail, modified into a twin vertical stabilizer design.
The An-225’s tail, modified into a twin vertical stabilizer design.

The dual vertical stabilizer design allowed it carry large cargo externally as well, such as the Soviet Buran shuttle.

The An-225 carrying the Buran.
The An-225 carrying the Buran

The flight deck of the An-225 carries two pilots and additional crew members, including a navigator. Access to the flight deck is via a ladder from the main cargo area.

An-225 Flight Controls
An-225 Flight Controls

 

An-225 Flight Deck
An-225 Flight Deck

 

Tracking the An-225

Because the An-225 lacks an ADS-B transponder, we track it using MLAT. This means that the aircraft must remain covered by multiple receivers in order for us to track it. During its journey to Perth, it may pass through areas without coverage more than once. Coverage of the An-225 at low altitudes may also be intermittent due to the limitations of MLAT tracking. We are working to add additional receivers in multiple areas, including Western Australia, in order to better track the An-225 and other MLAT-only aircraft.

There are multiple ways to track the An-225 on Flightradar24.

  • ✈️  Registration: UR-82060
  • ✈️ Type: A225
  • ✈️ Callsign: ADB{XXXX}, where {XXXX} is the flight number listed in the schedule above.

 

The An-225 banking low over Kiev.
The An-225 banking low over Kiev.

See all the An-225 photos from the JetPhotos catalog.

 

Featured imaged by Lutz Herzog

 

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