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Antonov is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft developed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic during the 1980s. With a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes, it is the heaviest aircraft ever designed, powered by six turbofan engines (710 short tons; 630 long tons). It also has the largest wing span of any operating aircraft.

The civil registration number for the single example built is UR-82060 in Ukraine. A second airframe was partly constructed with a slightly different design.

The Antonov An-225 was designed as a larger version of the Antonov An-124 that could carry Buran-class orbiters. In 1988, the only An-225 plane was completed. It was placed on hold for eight years after successfully completing its Soviet military missions.

After being refurbished and reintroduced, it is now in commercial operation with Antonov Airlines, transporting overweight payloads. The airlifter holds the absolute world record for a single-item payload of 189,980 kg (418,830 lb) and a total payload of 253,820 kg (559,580 lb) airlifted. On a commercial flight, it has also carried a payload of 247,000 kg (545,000 lb).

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