World's largest plane lands in Australia carrying a massive payload

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World's Largest Plane Lands in Australia Carrying a Massive Payload

It's not every day you see a 275-foot-long plane carrying a 130-ton generator take to the skies.
A Ukrainian cargo jet named "Mriya" made a rare flight over the weekend, landing in Australia on Sunday to a sea of spectators waiting to get a good look at the world's largest plane.

The plane departed from Prague for this trip, picking up a massive generator. One official in charge of moving the generator told ABC Australia, "It is [130 tons] of solid steel, so there is only one aircraft in the world that can carry that cargo."

The Antonov AN-225 aircraft made stops in Turkey and Malaysia before touching down in Perth on Sunday.

Photos from the landing and more on the plane:

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World's largest plane lands in Australia carrying a massive payload
One of the world largest aircraft AN-225 Mriya lands for a technical halt at Rajiv Gandhi International airport in Hyderabad, India, Friday, May 13, 2016. The six-engine aircraft Mriya, which means 'dream' in Russian, is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tones is en route to Australia from Europe. (AP Photo /Mahesh Kumar A.)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: The Antonov AN-225 Mriya comes into land at Perth International airport on May 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. The Ukrainian cargo plane is 84 metres long and has a wingspan of 88.4 metres and is in Perth to (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Spectators look out from an indoor viewing room over the Ukraine-built Antonov An-225 Mriya after it arrived at Perth Airport on May 15, 2016. The six-engine aircraft, built to transport the Soviet space shuttle the Buran, is now used for cargo no other plane can handle and on this flight to Perth it carried a large generator purchased by a Western Australian resources company. / AFP / Greg Wood (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Members of the public take photos and video of the Antonov AN-225 Mriya from the viewing deck at Perth International airport on May 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. The Ukrainian cargo plane is 84 metres long and has a wingspan of 88.4 metres and is in Perth to (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: The tail of the Antonov AN-225 Mriya is seen after arriving at Perth International airport on May 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. The Ukrainian cargo plane is 84 metres long and has a wingspan of 88.4 metres and is in Perth to (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: A ground staff member signals to pilots after the arrival of the Antonov AN-225 Mriya at Perth International airport on May 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. The Ukrainian cargo plane is 84 metres long and has a wingspan of 88.4 metres and is in Perth to (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: The front end of the Antonov AN-225 Mriya is opened prior to unloading of cargo after arriving at Perth International airport on May 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. The Ukrainian cargo plane is 84 metres long and has a wingspan of 88.4 metres and is in Perth to (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: The front end of the Antonov AN-225 Mriya is opened prior to unloading of cargo after arriving at Perth International airport on May 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. The Ukrainian cargo plane is 84 metres long and has a wingspan of 88.4 metres and is in Perth to (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
The nose is raised up on the world's largest aircraft, the Ukraine-built Antonov An-225 Mriya, after it touched down at Perth Airport on May 15, 2016. The six-engine aircraft, built to transport the Soviet space shuttle the Buran, is now used for cargo no other plane can handle and on this flight to Perth it carried a large generator purchased by a Western Australian resources company. / AFP / Greg Wood (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and airport personnel stand near the world's largest aircraft, the Antonov AN-225 Mriya, at Rajiv Gandhi International airport in Hyderabad on May 13, 2016. The six-engined Mriya aircraft, which means 'dream' in Russian, is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built and is en route to Australia from Europe / AFP / NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: The Anotonov Airlines logo is seen on the tail of the Antonov AN-225 Mriya after arriving at Perth International airport on May 15, 2016 in Perth, Australia. The Ukrainian cargo plane is 84 metres long and has a wingspan of 88.4 metres and is in Perth to (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Antonov An-225 Mriya, a cargo plane which is the world's biggest aircraft, takes off from the Vaclav Havel Airport for its first commercial flight from Prague to Perth, in Prague, Czech Republic, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny
An Antonov An-225 Mriya (Dream) cargo plane is seen on the tarmac of the Antonov aircraft plant in the village of Gostomel, outside Kiev, Ukraine, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Plane spotters watch Antonov An-225 Mriya, a cargo plane which is the world's biggest aircraft, driving along the Vaclav Havel Airport for its first commercial flight from Prague to Perth, in Prague, Czech Republic, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny
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The plane was originally designed in the 1980s as part of the Soviet Union's space shuttle program. The idea was to have it serve as a midair launch pad for space shuttles to save fuel and money, but the plans never fully went into action.

Instead, Mriya, which means dream in Ukrainian, makes one or two trips a year, carrying large (and we mean large) payloads.

So while this might be a sight to see for aviation lovers, it's just all in a day's work for the massive plane.

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