Friday, November 21, 2014

Moving the World.

In my line of work, I get to work with many things.My company is supposed to install  ATC Simulator in one of the airports. It is to teach air traffic management to kids (trainees). Anyway, this simulator has a huge 360 degree screens. This came in an whooping 10 x 3 x 4 meter crate and we had to stock it in warehouse. I happened to supervise it.

Please be informed that my knowledge in logistics suck. I mean, I have no idea how to move things; in our case big things. I had to call experts to get this thing moving. When they were moving this giant coffin looking thing, I realized how hard it is for Airbus/Boeing to move aircraft parts around. I always thought it was just manufacturing aircraft for them. But it's just a part of the story. They have to move tons and tons of fabricated metal to assemble. It has a science of its own.

Of course we all know about Beluga, the brainy looking plane. Beluga was developed in 1992 to carry wings and fuselage to main assembly factory. It was a huge success for Airbus. This month Airbus announced to manufacture a bigger Beluga to handle the insane orders. 

With all its charm and good looks, Beluga is not alone in this quest of moving world. 
We have Dreamlifter (Boeing), Antonov 225 Mriya  & Antnov 124 (Russia). Out of all these, Antonv 225 Mriya is the legendary one. This is the largest flying aircraft in the world. 

While beluga is able to carry 155t, Mriya can fly 255t. This is a beast. 

In aviation world, the ability to fly safe and get hundreds of passengers is amazing. But don't forget the aircraft that carry the heavy stuffs around. Even though it is small number of aircraft, they contribute more to this world than we know. These aircraft are much respected in aviation world. 

I know the design parameters and constrictions of aircraft. It's a herculean task to design and manufacture these kinds of aircraft. Seriously, they are just awesome. 

Let me know the legendary aircraft in your mind, leave it in the comment section.

Thank you all for reading.
Leave any advice or comment. I promise to get better at this. :)

- Chan 


  1. An excellent read. Antonov An-225 Mriya is a six engine, strategic heavy lift cargo transport aircraft designed and manufactured by the Antonov Design Bureau (ADB) of Ukraine. Also ADB developed two An-225 Mriya prototypes.

    1. Thank You Richard and welcome to the blog. Thank You for sharing the information with us. Indeed Mriya is one of its kind with six engines. Isn't the Antonov Design Bureau a government agency? You said there were two prototypes? What happened to those?

    2. Also, we would love to hear any suggestions you have for improving the blog. Thanks Richard.