The Antonov An-225 is a behemoth of the skies, a stunning example of human engineering that inspires awe and admiration. Developed in the Soviet Union during the 1980s, this leviathan was originally envisioned as the ideal way to transport the Buran Space shuttle. But it has since found new life ferrying other massive objects across the globe, including giant turbines and other useful cargo.
Today, the Antonov An-225 takes intrepid travelers and dedicated crew members all over the world to make the impossible possible. The Ukrainian Antonov Airlines lays claim to this flying marvel, and they are ably led by a team of highly trained pilots and support personnel. Join DW reporter Grit as she takes you on an epic journey with the Antonov An-225, exploring the past, present, and future of this incredible machine.