This is the Antonov An-225, the world's largest operational aircraft, going to beat the world's airlifting record. After a complete overhaul, it just carried a colossal 190-ton, 53-foot long generator from Frankfurt to Armenia.

The Antonov An-225—call the Mriya, Dream—was built to freight the Buran, Soviet Union's failed response to the American space shuttle. It's 276-foot long, with a 290-foot wingspan, and a door measuring 14.4 x 21 feet. I was inside the Antonov AN-124 and I was blown away by its gargantuan proportions. I can't imagine how huge this one really is, up close and personal. [Flight Global]