Highlights

  • World largest plane, built in Ukraine, destroyed in Russia bombing
  • Antonov-225 was parked at the airport outside Kyiv
  • Antonov-225 has a 290-foot wingspan, carries large cargo

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The Ukroboronprom company said in a statement that the Antonov-225 was “destroyed” but would be repaired

Ukraine's defense industry conglomerate has said that the world's largest plane that was in regular operation was heavily damaged in fighting with Russian troops at the airport outside Kyiv where it was parked.

The Ukroboronprom company said in a statement that the Antonov-225 was “destroyed” but would be repaired. The An-225, which is operated by Antonov Airlines, is used to move exceptionally large cargos. Its arrivals and departures at overseas airports often attract aviation buffs to observe the lumbering plane with a 290-foot wingspan.

Only two planes have been built with larger wingspans — the Stratolaunch and the Hughes “Spruce Goose” — but each was used only for a single flight.

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