A concept shot of Radia’s WindRunner.

Move over, Mriya – the new contender for world’s biggest plane

Before its destruction in 2022 during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Antonov An-225 Mriya was the world’s largest aircraft, measuring 84 metres in length and with an 88.4-metre wingspan. With the An-225 yet to be rebuilt, a new contender is emerging for the world’s biggest plane: the WindRunner, to be built by Colorado-based startup Radia.

With a length of 108m with an 80-metre wingspan, a 2,000km range, and 12 times the volume of a 747, the WindRunner is being built for one job: to carry massive wind turbine blades, some longer than football fields, which are difficult if not impossible to transport by road. This will be enabled by its gargantuan cargo bay, which will have a volume of 8,200 cubic metres with a maximum payload weight of 72,575kg.

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