View Full Version : AN-225: a massive bu**er

2nd Jan 2014, 04:55
Antonov An-225 Mriya by Discovery Channel - YouTube

2nd Jan 2014, 05:37
Watched one of them bu**gers operate at Abbotsford Airshow one year past. The only year I had VIP pass for the show ..... damned if I could find the free drinks and chicken wings chalet. Nevermind was too busy taking photos and getting sunstroke. It was like the first time watching a 747 only almost aerobatic. Them Ukalelians could really make it fly.

2nd Jan 2014, 07:54
When you say "one of them..."

I guess you mean "the only one..."

2nd Jan 2014, 09:02
Saw it years ago at Farnborough. It didn't fly because of an engine problem but what I do remember was the commentator's comment that the tailplane span was greater than a Lancaster's wingspan. That's impressive.

2nd Jan 2014, 09:59
Is there anything about it that is not impressive?!

2nd Jan 2014, 10:06
Saw it at Le Bourget way back in 1993

http://i925.photobucket.com/albums/ad98/cb1943/an2251.jpg (http://s925.photobucket.com/user/cb1943/media/an2251.jpg.html)

http://i925.photobucket.com/albums/ad98/cb1943/an2255_zpsb3b61fb0.jpg (http://s925.photobucket.com/user/cb1943/media/an2255_zpsb3b61fb0.jpg.html)

http://i925.photobucket.com/albums/ad98/cb1943/an2253_zps405e0cda.jpg (http://s925.photobucket.com/user/cb1943/media/an2253_zps405e0cda.jpg.html)

Very impressive!


2nd Jan 2014, 14:43
Ahhh, doing what it was designed to do. What ever happened to the Space Shuttleski?

2nd Jan 2014, 14:58
Ah groundgripper, I was there too. My OM-10 was playing up and all my photos were overexposed and blurred. Thanks, an impressive display and a huge plume of smoke when it landed.

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2nd Jan 2014, 15:25
Saw it years ago at Farnborough

Me too. Remember the TV footage of it arriving for the show - those poor unsuspecting drinkers outside the Swan had the fright of their lives. The shadow it cast was akin to that of a solar eclipse.

2nd Jan 2014, 16:08
those poor unsuspecting drinkers outside the Swan had the fright of their lives.
And a picture of them made it to the cover of Flight International!

2nd Jan 2014, 17:40
But was number 2 (previously only part finished) not being completed and brought up to the same standard as the revitalised number 1?

2nd Jan 2014, 18:26
From Wiki:-
The second airframe was scheduled for completion around 2008, then delayed.
By August 2009, the aircraft had not been completed and work had been abandoned.
In May 2011 Antonov CEO is reported to have said that the completion of a second An-225 Mriya transport aircraft with a carrying capacity of 250 tons requires at least $300 million, but if the financing is provided, its completion could be achieved in three years.
According to different sources, the second jet is 6070% complete.