Antonov An-255: World’s Largest Aircraft Landed in Mactan-Cebu Airport, Philippines










The world’s biggest aircraft, the Antonov An-255 from Ukraine landed at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport early morning on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 to deliver a 140 ton power generator to the Philippines.

The Russian-built Antonov An-225 was made by the former Soviet Union, meant to ferry on its back the USSR’s version of the Space Shuttle in the 1980′s. The world’s largest aircraft is powered by six jet engines and has a total of 32 wheels.

The aircraft which was registered in Ukraine holds the world record for heaviest take off weight of a little over 253 tons, it is larger and heavier than either Airbus A380 or the Boeing 747.

The cargo of the aircraft has a volume of 1,300 cubic meters (6.4 meters wide, 4.4 meters high and 43.3 meters long). According to a report published by the Inquirer, First Gen confirmed that the aircraft has been hired for the delivery, but did not elaborate further on the details.

In a separate report by Demotix.com, the Antonov An-225 landed earlier at the Pleso airport in Zagreb, Croatia and ship a Končar power generator to a power plant in the Philippines.

The report stated that due to thunder strike in the Philippine power plant San Lorenzo, lost one of the two generators that were made by renewed electric company Končar. The company made a new 310 MVA generator but the problem is, it weighs 140 tons and shipping by seas would take another 45 days. The Philippine power plant decided to hire Antonov An-255 for transport of the power generator to the Philippines. 

Article Source: philnews | Photo Source: Nigel Paul Villarete

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  1. The USNS MERCY Hospital ship if deployed to Samar-Leyte area will greatly help alleviate the situation there. I hope the Pentagon and US PACOM will consider sending the humanitarian mission to help our countrymen in distress.

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  2. It is high time to design and fabricate transportable desalination plants and reverse osmosis / ozonation water purification systems with amphibious trailer platforms. we need these to provide emergency water supply so that our displaced countrymen could have some safe drinking water. Water is the most important commodity for disaster victims and first responders to survive. DOST must lead this line of effort and they could tap the academe and our prolific inventors / scientists.

    One of the best solutions to solve the power crisis as a result of this world class disaster is to distribute solar powered lighting system for household use. Inverters are quite expensive but they are needed to convert DC to AC to operate AC appliances and medical life support equipment.

    They could also be used for charging cellular phones, androids and other communications gadgets. Portable cell sites should have been made available to replace those severely damaged by storm surge and those whose antenna and MTSOs were destroyed by strong winds and rain water after the roofs were stripped or worse, whole telecomms building facilities were totally destroyed..

    All PDCC / MDCC centers must be supplied with portable satellite comms equipment. Cellular communications and other terrestrial microwave systems are useless during strong typhoons and earthquakes. NVIS HF radios would also be a cheaper option since satellite bandwidth is very expensive. Worse, Ku-band satellite services,although relatively cheap - are rendered useless in the Philippines due to maximum absorption of satellite signals from rain drops whose diameters are resonant to the wavelengths of the Ku-band satellites..

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