Aviation

Antonov An-225, the world's biggest cargo plane, in Wichita today

If you’re heading to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport today, you can’t miss the world’s largest and heaviest airplane, the Antonov An-225, a strategic airlift cargo aircraft.

The plane landed  this morning to deliver components for Coffeyville Resources, an oil refinery.

It plans to take off about 8 p.m. on a 12-hour nonstop flight to the 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 components were made, and entered the country in Bangor, Main, 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.

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