The USSR gave a lot of technical masterpieces, many of them are still second to none. Unfortunately modern society does not need them much…
An-255 “Mriya”, super-heavy carrier, the world biggest plane, its loadlifting capacity record is still unbeaten. It was designed in 1984-1988.
An-225 “Mriya” nowadays. Property of Ukraine. In a working condition.
“Mriya” is lucky. Only two vehicles were planned: one works for Ukrainian Antonov Airlines today, the second one was never finished.
Transport helicopter V-12 (Mi-12)
Its first flight was performed in 1968. In 1969 it could carry record-breaking weight of 44 205 kg at the height of 2255m. No other helicopter could reach this result yet.
V-12 nowadays: the helicopter is bought by an American company.
Multiuse space complex “Buran-Energia”
Soviet “Buran” was a response to the American project “Space Shuttle”. Its first and the only one unmanned flight “Buran” performed on the 15th of November, 1988.
“Buran” nowadays… The project is fully destroyed.
Rocket ekranplan “Lun”
Its development started in the early 1970s based on the constructional scheme of the ekranoplan “KM”. In 1985 it performed its first flight at the Caspian sea. “Lun” is equipped with 6 controlled anti-ship missiles “Moskit”. Its power unit consisted of 8 turbofan engines NK-87, traction of each – 13 000 kilogram-force. After the successful state testing it was put into operation.
As on 2011 it was not used, being based in Kaspiysk.
“Lun” getting rusty today.
Even the most expensive “toys” can end like this…