The Antonov An-225, the world’s largest aircraft, has landed in Leipzig. On board, the plane has ten million protective masks from China. The Antonov An-225, also called ” Mriya”, which means “dream”, had its first flight in Soviet times in December 1988. The aircraft was originally intended to transport the space shuttle Buran with a wingspan of 88.4 meters.
The An-225 was welcomed by the Federal Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The German Armed Forces requested the flight. Within the framework of the so-called Salis treaty, the Army – together with eleven other NATO members – has Antonov An-124 and An-225 available for transport flights.
“The largest cargo aircraft in the world has landed here and has delivered just over ten million masks from China to Germany today,” said Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on the occasion of the arrival of the Antonov 225 at Leipzig/Halle Airport. This was part of a total of 25 million masks delivered.
Since 14 April, the Antonov has been carrying breathing masks, gloves and protective suits from Tianjin to Poland, France and Ukraine.
Photo: © German Armed Forces