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  Antonov An-225 “Mrija” at Zurich-Airport
  "A heavy weight champignon of the sky’s"
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Text:

Andy Herzog

Pictures:

Andy Herzog, Geri Friedlos

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Only two and a half month later (Basel-Airport) the mighty Antonov An-225 visiting Switzerland again; this time at the Zurich-Airport, late afternoon, on 24th September 2013.

   

(Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

(Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

(Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

(Picture courtesy Geri Friedlos)

Only two and a half month later (Basel-Airport) the mighty Antonov An-225 visiting Switzerland again; this time at the Zurich-Airport, late afternoon, on 24th September 2013. Inbound, as a ferry flight from his home base Kiev, UR-82060 (ETA 14:30 local time) touched down with almost two hours delay at 16:09 local time at Zurich-Airport. Thousands of aviation-enthusiast, families and other friends of airplanes pilgrim to Zurich-Airport to catch the An-225 during final approach on runway 16 at Zurich-Airport! All roads nearby where blocked and visitors even parked their cars at farmers’ fields, surrounding the final approach area of runway 16. Lots of work for the local police at that time!

Just after landing the aircraft finally reached his parking position (Whiskey P-29, 30, 31), southwest on the apron of Zurich-Airport Tarmac. The responsible cargo-load-master had only 24 hours’ time to get the freight on board! This time a contract by the French company ALSTOM (produced by their Swiss branch in Baden, Kt. Aargau) included the load of two gas generators as well as all the several spare parts; a total weight of 170 tons of cargo; still around 80 tons below of the maximum payload of 250 tons that the An-225 can carry! Departure time was ETD 14:30h on Wednesday, 25th September 2013, to their final destination, Bahrain. Eventually the aircraft left Zurich almost two hours delayed. Regarding this heavy load, Ur-82060 was planned to have two fuel stops at Athens and Cairo.

A fantastic aircraft, that holds over 106 world records in weightlifting, distance, and largest, single weight piece. Build in the 1980’s and with his maiden-flight on 21st December 1988 the An-225 is still the largest aircraft in the world, ever build; and the only-one! After two visiting’s in Switzerland we all can hope it was not the last one. Keep our fingers crossed!

 

(Picture courtesy Geri Friedlos)

(Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

(Picture courtesy Geri Friedlos)

(Picture courtesy Andreas Herzog)

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last update 29. September 2013

Written 29. September 2013

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