Antonov An-225 Retracting Landing Gear


Antonov An-225 Retracting Landing Gear

Antonov An-225 retracting landing gear up after takeoff. Picture shown the world's largest aircraft while retracting landing gear up. The landing gears during retracting process into the landing gear's bay. This called climbing phase. After takeoff, aircraft are keep on elevating altitude to optimal level.

Optimal level could give good fuel performance and desired cruising speed. Most of the aircraft nowadays have turbofan engine technology. About 8,000 - 12,000 feet altitude is the best for this. Because at certain level, air is cooler and less dense. So the mixture and thrust generation are much more efficient. The aircraft installed with six ZMKB D-18 Turbofans engine that can fly An-225 away. That is a brief story about flight altitude level.

Back to the Antonov, there is only one Antonov An-225, turns out. Somehow Antonov design bureau only manufactured one An-225. Currently it is being used for international cargo services under Antonov Airlines. Their specialization of course, massive volume & heavy weight cargo. Such as trains, aircraft assembly, trucks, or helicopters can be delivered. Thanks to 355 tonnes capacity.
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