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User currently offlineGmarkholm From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2745 times:

Just read this article. Great news
World's biggest plane completes first test flight in Ukraine after upgrade
Updated: Mon, May 07 02:00 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - The world's biggest plane successfully completed its first test flight Monday in Ukraine after being modernized, officials said. The giant An-225 Mriya rose into the air at an airfield near Ukraine's capital Kyiv and spent about 30 minutes in flight.
The plane first flew in December 1988 and was intended to transport the former Soviet Union's Buran space shuttle. However, it was grounded after the Buran program was cancelled.

The six-engine plane has a wingspan of about 88 metres and a cargo compartment 43 metres long. It is capable of carrying 275 tonnes of cargo 4,500 kilometres. By comparison, the C-5 Galaxy, the largest plane in the U.S. military fleet, can carry 135 tonnes of cargo.

The An-225 was jointly rebuilt by the Kyiv-based Antonov aviation design bureau and Ukraine's Motor-Sych to correspond to international aviation standards. The project is reported to have cost up to $31 million Cdn.

Included in the upgrade was new equipment installed to prevent air and ground collisions. The floor of the cargo hold and the plane's nose were strengthened.

Antonov officials hope there will be demand for the plane in the growing international market for nonstandard cargo transportation.




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User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

Awsome!!! Can't wait to see some pics!!!


"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineAfitch7881 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 816 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

I saw the pane at Hartford Bradley International back in the late 80's early 90's, wow... What a plane, it makes the smaller antove look like a 737 compared to a 777.


Eric



User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2650 times:

For those going to the Paris Air Show, it has been confirmed by ADB that Mriya will be making an appearance at Le Bourget in June.

Should make for interesting "spotting"

Cheers

Scotty
Aviatsiya/Авиация


User currently offlineB744 From New Zealand, joined Dec 1999, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2633 times:

Saw some footage of this first test flight (since rebuild) in the air and landing on TV this morning. Looked awesome. Great to see it back in the air again.





User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2622 times:

Has it been re-painted in the ADB colours?


"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2593 times:

Just absolutely awesome news! Too bad I am not going to Paris...  Sad


Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineLindy field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3131 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2582 times:
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Is there really a chance that there will be demand for AN-225s? Potential customers? Can this project be profitable for Antonov?

User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

Lindy Field

The answer to your question lies beneath. Also check out http://www.antonovaircargo.com

WASHINGTON, USA – 28th September 2000: The world’s largest cargo aircraft, the 250 tonne capacity Antonov An225 ‘Mriya’, is set to become available for commercial service in the second half of 2001. Operated by Antonov Design Bureau, the An225 will be marketed worldwide by Antonov Airlines, the long-term commercial partnership between Antonov and Air Foyle.

The giant aircraft, named Mriya (Ukrainian for ‘Dream’), was designed and built in the late 1980’s by the Kiev based Antonov Design Bureau. The ‘Mriya’ was developed originally by Antonov to support the space programme of the former Soviet Union. The An225 made its first appearance in the Western world in June 1989 at the Paris Air Show, together with the Buran shuttle mounted on top of the fuselage. The ability to carry cargo externally is one of the aircraft’s unique features.

Antonov are currently renovating and modernising the original aircraft with a view to gaining a full Airworthiness Certificate for commercial use similar to the type certificate held by the highly successful An124-100 ‘Ruslan’ freighter on which the An225 is based. A small amount of test flying remains to be completed which is planned to commence by the end of this year. It is also planned to launch the aircraft’s commercial possibilities on the global charter market with a second appearance at the Paris Air Show next year.

According to Bruce Bird, Air Foyle’s director who heads up the company’s cargo charter operation:

“The An225 has an unmatched payload and is a realistic proposition in today’s outsized cargo market. It can carry 250 tonnes of cargo up to 4,500 km (2,800 miles) at a cruising speed of 800-850 km (500-530 miles) per hour.”

“We have for some time been talking to potential customers in a variety of industries and are already seeing a lot of interest. With the An225’s ability to carry heavy loads both inside the aircraft and outside using external attachment points on the fuselage as well as particularly large loads externally, we are targeting aerospace, heavy industry, petro-carbon and mining organisations and the chemical and power generation market. However, it is not our intention that the An225 should carry out work which is possible with the An124 but will be retained as a unique solution when all else fails”

Although only one An225 was completed before the collapse of the Soviet space programme in 1991, Antonov had, by then, built a second airframe which remains available for completion with systems and components. With suitable investment from interested partners, Antonov intends to finish assembling this second Mriya to further support commercial cargo charter activities.

The 84 metre (275.6 ft) long An225 has a wingspan of 88.4 metres (290 ft), with a pressurised cargo cabin measuring 43 metres (141.1 ft) long, 6.4 metres (21ft) wide and 4.4 metre (14.4 ft) high. Externally the aircraft can carry loads of up to 10 metres (32.8 ft) in diameter and up to 70 metres (229.6 ft) in length.


Cheers

Scotty
Aviatsiya/Авиация


User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2564 times:

Just saw it on the BBC, the best news of the year !!!!

User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2538 times:

I hope a few will enter commercial service. It would be so nice to see it fly again!!!


Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 11, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2530 times:

http://ntv.ru/world/08May2001/mria.html Click here to see the first pics!!!


Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2528 times:

My dream is to see it !! Its fantastic, great and BIG !

User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 13, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

Any impressions from seeing the first pics?


Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

WEll it's still got the red cheat line, but at least the flag is finally the right one  Smile


"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

Slawko or An-225

Can one of you guys do me a favour please.

I am having trouble connecting to NTV's website (no wonder seeing all the shit they are going thru at the moment).

Can one of you two email me the larger view of the photos from the NTV site.

aviatsiya@yahoo.com

Cheers

Scotty
Aviatsiya/Авиация


User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2451 times:

If someone could tell me how to post outside pics on this forum I would put them all up


"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2449 times:

If someone could translate the text that would be nice too!!


"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1617 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

Great news ........ i take this oppurtunity to call on to all fellow aviation enthusiasts and forum members to participate in a topic that i have started.... "World's biggest Plane Flies"........ also related to the An-225 i think there is an interesting thought that i'd like to share with you all over there ........ thanks

User currently offlineSm92 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2429 times:

Anyone have comparisons with the 747, A380, and C5 (dimensions, range, capacity, etc.)? Picture comparing relative size would be nice!

User currently offlineAviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2425 times:

Slawko

I can finally get the page to load up and will do a translation tomorrow (haven't got a lot of time at the moment).

But I just LOVE this photo of Mriya



Cheers

Scotty


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