World's largest plane to fly into Miami on Thursday

Antonov AN-225 to arrive at 3:30 a.m.


MIAMI – A big visitor will be arriving at Miami International Airport on Thursday morning.

The biggest on the planet, to be correct.

The Antonov AN-225, the largest airplane in the world, is scheduled to land at MIA at 3:30 a.m.

Nicknamed Miyra, the AN-225 was built in the 80's to carry out Soviet military missions, including transportation of the U.S.S.R.'s space shuttle, the Buran spaceplane.

After going unused for eight years, the plane was ovehauled to fly cargo all over the world.

The mammoth plane is powered by six engines and is longer than five 53-foot tractor-trailers placed end-to-end.

The AN-225 flew into Miami in 2010 on its way to bring earthquake relieve materials to Haiti.

On this visit, the plane is scheduled to spend less than seven hours in Miami before departing for South America.