Ukraine’s Antonov An-225 Mriya landed at Perth Airport on Sunday to deliver a 117-tonne generator to South 32’s Worsley Alumina.
Nearly 25,000 people turned up to watch the plane descend, creating gridlocked traffic, with road closures implemented for safety. Some decided to abandon their attempt to watch the plane following bad weather and rain during the two hour delay.
Despite the two-hour delay – due to delayed departure from Kuala Lumpur – observers lined Airport Drive to watch the behemoth plane, which changed its original route 45 minutes before landing due to shifting winds.
The plane, meaning “dream” in Ukrainian, has a maximum take-off weight of 600 tonnes.
Aviation WA president David Eyre said it had the largest wingspan of any aircraft in service, and is the longest and heaviest aircraft ever built, according to the ABC.
“It’s carried all sorts of things, its carried locomotives, it also holds the record for carrying the heaviest cargo ever transported by air,” he said.
“Its biggest load was 253 tonnes, which I think was four Russian military tanks, and its also carried the longest load which is a 42 metre long wind turbine blade, so it’s carried some pretty impressive things around.
“It has also been used for humanitarian missions, because it can carry so much in one go, it’s been used in disaster relief situations as well.”
The genset was still waiting on the tarmac for delivery as of today.