World's Second Largest Aircraft
World's Second Largest Aircraft

Workers unload space hardware from an Antonov An-124, the world's second largest aircraft. The plane landed at Cleveland Hopkins Airport on Thursday, August 9, carrying a payload fairing for the European Ariane 5 rocket. The fairing is designed to protect a mission's payload from the thermal, aerodynamic and acoustic effects of launch and flight through the atmosphere.

The fairing was transported to NASA Glenn Research Center's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. It will be tested in a simulated space environment in the Space Power Facility, the world's largest vacuum chamber.

+ See Nose View of Antonov An-124

Page Last Updated: July 28th, 2013
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