Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2806 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 717 times:
actually, none are in flying condition, but that is soon to change. earlier this week antonov made an announcement to restore the 225 to flying condition, as well as install better powerplants. i've seen this monster once in philly, and to protect ot from the weather, they parked the nose in a hanger. it was a monster. maybe they are gearing up for a low level production run. i'd love to see one in fedex colors.
Mriya225 From French Polynesia, joined Nov 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 695 times:
I wasn't aware that the Mriya had ever touched down in the U.S., as she is considered a military bird. Although if you've ever seen the Ruslan AN125-100 (a fairly common freighter nowadays) you could easily think you'd seen it's much larger version. The Ruslan itself is a most amazing aircraft - a "must see" if you hear it may be showing up at an airshow near you!! Three AN225-200's were produced, two of them sent to the bone yard and parted out to maintain the last (whose airworthiness is questionable) when the bulk of their funding dried up. Mriya was, infact, designed to ferry the Russian space shuttle; as mentioned in an earlier response. Relating her A&P stats would make this a very long transmit. I would instead refer you to the Web, search for "Landers-Planes". There you'll find pix and stats for Mriya and lots of other delicious goodies too. Happy viewing!!
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2806 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 672 times:
Yeah, it was around 1990 or so. we taxied by it in philly, and the pilot made special mention about it, saying it was picking up medical supplies. all i remember is that the dc-10 next to it was absolutely tiny in comparison.
Mriya225 From French Polynesia, joined Nov 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 670 times:
I 'll bet it absolutely dwarfed that DC10! I blocked in the Ruslan (AN124) once out at DIA and I couldn't believe what I was seeing - it was so incredible! I can only imagine how impressive the Mriya must've been. Just think of it - you've laid your eyes on the largest aircraft on the PLANET! Like I said..."Lucky Dog".