Oliver Ephgrave Apr 3rd 2017

Dubai World Central has hosted some very special aircraft in recent months

As well as being the airport of the future, Dubai World Central often hosts some beautiful and unusual aircraft.

Just last week, the 77-year-old Breitling DC-3 touched down in DWC as part of its world tour to become the oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe.

The Breitling DC-3 pilot, Francisco Agullo, even waved the UAE flag upon landing at DWC.

While sister airport Dubai International is well versed in handling A380s, the magnificent Airbus aircraft is a far less common sight in DWC. In fact, the first scheduled A380 passenger flight to touch down in DWC was Korean Air’s charter flight KE995, which arrived in March this year.

A plane that really rocked the airport was Guns ‘N Roses’ very own Boeing 767, which screamed into town for the band’s mega gig at the Autism Rocks Arena in Dubai.

In February, DWC hosted Orbis’ Flying Eye Hospital (an MD-10) for a short stopover before it continued its worldwide mission to restore the sight of children suffering from cataracts. Last year, Dubai Airports and its partners raised AED1.25 million (US$340,600) for Orbis’ ‘Your sight, Our Happiness’ campaign.

Saving the largest till last, it doesn’t come any bigger than the Antonov An-225. Measuring an impressive 84m long and weighing 175,000kg, the An-225 is the longest and heaviest aircraft ever built and has the largest wingspan in operational service. Its most recent visit to DWC was May 2016, after a cargo trip to Australia.

You can find out more about the mighty machine in our article Entertaining the Antonov.

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