World's biggest aircraft Antonov An-225 hauls itself off RAF Brize Norton runway

Heave ho! World's biggest aircraft Antonov An-225 hauls itself off RAF Brize Norton runway after visit to UK military base... and heads to Greece The Antonov An-225 paid a visit to RAF Brize Norton before departing for its next job in Greece  The aircraft, which has six engines, is the world's largest cargo aircraft capable of carrying up to 250 tonnes  Antonov has opened a base at Stansted Airport to increase the amount of business it does in western Europe

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 10:13 BST, 1 September 2018 | Updated: 10:13 BST, 1 September 2018

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The world's largest aircraft paid a flying visit to the UK delivering cargo to RAF Brize Norton before flying off to Greece. 

The Antonov AN225, which has six engines, was designed to carry parts for the proposed Russian space shuttle project. 

Now the company hires out its massive jet to carry loads of up to 250 tonnes - dwarfing the payload of any other aircraft.

The Antonov An-225 Mriya was photographed on a visit to RAF Brize Norton where it was believed to be delivering cargo

The Antonov An-225 Mriya was photographed on a visit to RAF Brize Norton where it was believed to be delivering cargo

The massive aircraft was developed for the Soviet space programme shortly before the collapse of the Berlin wall

The massive aircraft was developed for the Soviet space programme shortly before

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