Robin Hood meets his Mriya


Image courtesy Peel Airports/Robin Burns
Image courtesy Peel Airports/Robin Burns

The world’s largest operational aircraft landed at Doncaster Sheffield’s Robin Hood Airport.

February 16: The world’s largest operational aircraft, the unique Antonov An-225 Mriya operated by Antonov Airlines landed at the UK’s Doncaster Sheffield’s Robin Hood Airport on an operational cargo mission.
Paul Rodwell, Cargo Director from airport owner Peel Airports Group said “The arrival of this magnificent aircraft reflects growing confidence for Doncaster Sheffield Airport as one of the UK’s leading freighter airports.” It was the first time the giant aircraft had landed at the former Royal Air Force Finningley in South Yorkshire, once home to V-bombers as part of NATO’s Cold War force, their task the nuclear response to any threat from the USSR.
The Mriya was at Doncaster Sheffield to collect a 70 tonne generator urgently needed at a Power Station in Lahore, Pakistan.