In our recent publications we have already told much about the Soviet space program and especially about Buran, the first and the only Soviet space shuttle. Last time we saw him standing abandoned somewhere in the lonely place at Baikonur. But here are quite unexpected information. Recently some Russian bloggers have spotted Buran at some river port in the
north part of Moscow. So it doesn't fly into the space anymore but still can move, at least through the country and by water. See also: First Space Shuttle Ever More About Soviet Space Program. VM-T Atlant Buran, The First Russian Shuttle More About Buran Antonov. The World’s Heaviest and Largest Jet Where is Buran Now?
Antonov or AN-225 was not the only Soviet cargo jet used for the Soviet Space Program. VM-T Atlant (the picture above) also coped with a task of carrying ultra-heavy and oversize freight, such as rocket boosters or the space shuttle, and it might be a real alternative for AN-225. But this project was closed because of some disadvantages. Nevertheless the shots of Atlant in action
with the hydrogenous cistern for the rocket booster look quite enchanting. Even more, some people joked that this plane was used for transportation of Pepsi Cola from the USA to Russia during the "perestroika" times. See also: Buran, The First Russian Shuttle More About Buran Antonov. The World’s Heaviest and Largest Jet Where is Buran Now?
In our recent publications we've told about the world’s heaviest and largest jet Antonov or AN-225 that was designed for the Soviet space program in 1988 and able to airlift the Energia rocket’s boosters and Buran about
which we've told as well. On the next photos one can see the complete process of launching Buran into the space orbit. And here you can find a photo session from Ukrainian site about what is now with Buran.