The world’s largest aeroplane, the Antonov AN-225, was reportedly destroyed last week on the fourth day of Russia’s invasion as Russian troops moved far into Ukraine, destroying everything in their path.
As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to wreak devastation in the region, many aviation enthusiasts expressed their grief at the loss of the world’s heaviest and largest airliner, the Soviet-era Antonov An-225 Mriya (Dream).
Damage to the nose, wings, and some engines appeared to have shattered the ‘dream.’ Some of the empennages look to be undamaged from the outside.
About The antova An 225 Mriya.
It is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian SSR within the Soviet Union during the 1980s. It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the heaviest aircraft ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes.
The Antonov An-225 was initially developed as an enlargement of the Antonov An-124 to transport Buran-class orbiters. The only An-225 airplane was completed in 1988. After successfully fulfilling its Soviet military missions, it was mothballed for eight years. It was then refurbished and reintroduced, and is in commercial operation with Antonov Airlines, carrying oversized payloads.
Over the history of the AN225 aircraft
The An-225 first flew on 21 December 1988. The company is intended to make two aircraft only one An-225, was finished. The second An-225 was partially built during the late 1980s for the Soviet space program. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the cancellation of the Buran program, the lone operational An-225 was placed in storage in 1994.
The six Ivchenko-Progress engines were removed for use on An-124s, and the second uncompleted An-225 airframe was also stored. In the 1990s, a cargoliner bigger than the An-124 was clearly needed. The first An-225 was restored by 2001
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