وصممت الطائرة “أنتونوف أن 225″، عام 1980 عندما كانت أوكرانيا جزءا من الاتحاد السوفيتي السابق، وكان الغرض من تصميمها حمل مكوك فضاء روسي يحمل اسم “بوران”.

واستغرق الرحلة حتى الوصول إلى المدينة الأسترالية نحو 5 ساعات، وستبقى الطائرة في أستراليا حتى الثلاثاء، عندما ستغادر إلى ألمانيا في مهمة أخرى .

 واستقبل نحو 20 ألفا من الأستراليين الطائرة العملاقة بالترحاب والصفير والتقطوا صورا لها عندما حطت في مطار بيرث، الذين ظلوا ينتظرونها رغم تأخر موعد الهبوط ساعتين.

 ويصل وزن الطائرة الأوكرانية إلى نحو 600 طن، وتستطيع حمل أوزان تصل إلى 117 طنا.

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15:  A Pilot waves a Ukrainian flag from the cockpit window after landing the Antonov AN-225 Mriya at Perth International airport on May 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. The Ukrainian cargo plane is 84 metres long and has a wingspan of 88.4 metres and is in Perth to  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – MAY 15: A Pilot waves a Ukrainian flag from the cockpit window after landing the Antonov AN-225 Mriya at Perth International airport on May 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. The Ukrainian cargo plane is 84 metres long and has a wingspan of 88.4 metres and is in Perth to (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Members of the media (below) take part in a press conference in front of the world's largest aircraft, the Ukraine-built Antonov An-225 Mriya, after it touched down at Perth Airport on May 15, 2016.  The six-engine aircraft, built to transport the Soviet space shuttle the Buran, is now used for cargo no other plane can handle and on this flight to Perth it carried a large generator purchased by a Western Australian resources company. / AFP / Greg Wood        (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the media (below) take part in a press conference in front of the world’s largest aircraft, the Ukraine-built Antonov An-225 Mriya, after it touched down at Perth Airport on May 15, 2016.
The six-engine aircraft, built to transport the Soviet space shuttle the Buran, is now used for cargo no other plane can handle and on this flight to Perth it carried a large generator purchased by a Western Australian resources company. / AFP / Greg Wood (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)