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Giant Antonov An-225 aircraft makes delivery in Wichita

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, April 2, 2012, at 7:49 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at 11:01 a.m.

The world’s largest – and heaviest – airplane paid a visit to Wichita Monday.

The Antonov An-225, a strategic airlift cargo aircraft, landed at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in the morning and spent the day there.

It was delivering components for Coffeyville Resources, an oil refinery in Coffeyville.

It was scheduled to take off Monday night for a 12-hour nonstop flight to Ukraine, where it is based.

Yingling Aviation was filling the six-engine plane with 65,000 gallons of fuel, said operations manager Steve LaLonde. It can hold 92,000 gallons.

The plane made three fuel stops to get to Wichita from Milan, Italy, where the refinery components were made.

It entered the United States in Bangor, Maine, LaLonde said.

The Antonov was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s to airlift the Energia rocket’s boosters and the Buran space shuttle for the Soviet space program.

The plane was completed in 1988. A second plane was partially completed.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com

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