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This afternoon.

Shannon Airport, county Clare.

Nandi O’Sullivan writes:

The world’s largest aircraft, the Antonov AN-225 touched down from China carrying a cargo consignment for distribution in the Irish retail sector.

The six-storey-high, Ukrainian-built Antonov AN-225 is the only one of its kind. It has a wingspan of 88 metres, 32 wheels and is capable of carrying 640,000 tonnes on take-off. Known as the ‘Mriya’ the Russian word for dream.

With the longest runway in Ireland at 3,199m, Shannon Airport is the only airport in Ireland capable of accommodating the Antonov AN-225.

The Antonov is due to depart Shannon tomorrow at 9am.

Pics by Arthur Ellis



YouTube brainbox GGP Grey investigates efficient and not-so-efficient ways to board commercial airline flights.

Random boarding is better, it seems, but as physicist Jason Steffen showed in 2008, there is a precise order which minimises the delay caused by other passengers stowing their luggage in overhead compartments.


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A very impressive timelapse of Singapore’s Changi airport by photographer Milton Tan who was given unrestricted access, often filming so close to the landing planes that you can see his tripod shuddering in the turbulence. Tan talks about the experience on his blog.

MORE: Photographer Gets Access to Restricted Areas, Shoots Airplane Time-Lapse of Epic Proportions (Petapixel)