Today's world's biggest airplane An-255 Mriya ("Dream") was constructed for the needs of Soviet space programe in transporting large-size objects.
In fact it´s a bit shorter than the C5 concept, but can take much hevier payloads (the American C5 is a bit older (but still as i know very well working)concept so it´s structure contain less composite materials compared to Mriya (as i know the pictured one was the only one bulidt) thats why Mriya can take hevier payloads compared to it´s size.). It was originaly planned a even bigger plane with 4×4 engines, but it was never built.
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It was made to carry the Buran shuttle, very impressive airplane !!
Awesome aircraft. And, I think it was designed to also carry something a little more intimidating and deadly than the space shuttle and some oil drilling equipment.
Actually, it was designed to carry the Buran, and airlift Energia’s rocket boosters, and only those, nothing else.
Also worth mentioning is, that it made all those flights, including 2 trips to Paris, under military registration. And after they revived it, in the mid 2000’s, they had to give it a major overhaul, including installing new engines and some additional gauges, and strenghtening the body on various places, so they could pass the civilian regulations. Nowadays the only flying An-225 is under civilian reg, but Antonov is offering a ‘westernized’ version, with glass-cockpit – no takers yet.
I think the AN-225 was the Ukraine’s entire dividend of being under Russia for the last couple hundred of years.
At least Russia educated them hohols.
Awesome picture of the Antonov 225. I heard about this airplane back in the 90’s. I think they only built a couple of them. If I remember correctly the Russians were have trouble getting the dynamics right and getting it to fly. Rumor has it that the Americans helped them with the design and to get it in the air. If it’s true or not I’ll probably never know. I would love to see one of these beasts up close.
I was expecting a bit more glass in the cockpit. Even the a380 has only 2 gauges. This looks like a DC-10 cockpit. But it doesn’t really matter. Just say’s a lot about the technology put in it.
Imagine Mathias Rust flying this into Red Square.
In your dreams the Americans helped the Soviets in making this 9th wonder of the world to fly. I hope you are not trying to suggest that the Soviets were not capable to attain such a feat. for once Gringo, just swallow your pride and accept that somebody has beaten the Americans into building the biggest Airplane ever in the world.
Like he said, it’s a rumour, although a false one as such.
If one’s interested, Discovery/History Channel made a documentary about the An-225 (and also including abit about it’s little brother An-125) in their Worlds Biggest..-series.
Explains most, if not all, of it’s history, including the strenghtening the body to achive the commercial certificate.
thats owesome machine great guys ! icant belive u made it
Ha, nice comment! I’ve often wondered that myself. All they do is sit there and look out the window, pretty much…
Its first test flight AN225 made in 1988
5th photo from the top with the tires. First tire is bald; Is that safe? Shouldn’t it have been replaced; the one on the other side still has tread.
I would love to fly that plane…
great russia.very big aircraft and smarts people make it.i love russia
coz here a journey begins,a modification begins with the advancement of civillization.
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