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User currently offlinec5load From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4193 times:

Looking at the second AN-225 that apparentley is in the process of being built, it looks as if it has sat for quite some time. My question is since it has sat for so long and aged, is the metal still good to keep building? Or would they have to destroy this one and start with new metal?

Edit: ok, so I guess they took the picture id off so I can't paste the pic, but it's on the homepage.


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User currently offline474218 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6340 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4181 times:

Quoting c5load (Thread starter):
is the metal still good to keep building?


Yes!

Quoting c5load (Thread starter):
Or would they have to destroy this one and start with new metal?


No!


User currently offlineshufflemoomin From Denmark, joined Jun 2010, 467 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4039 times:

If you ever watch the TV series Ice Pilots, they've gone in an found planes that have been sitting outside abandoned for years and they've been in almost perfect condition. Some minor work and they fly the aircraft out of there within weeks. I don't see why an AN-225 should be any different.

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3988 times:
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This AN225 fuselage has been sitting outdoors now unpainted & uncovered for sometime. If put back in production I expect it would need a thorough corrosion inspection.


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User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3613 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3962 times:

As much as I'd love to see this aircraft being finished, the amount of work required to build just the one frame would make it very expensive to assemble. Especially since the required know-how, tooling and parts aren't readily available anymore.

It all depends on how much economic sense the current Mriya makes in its current role.

Also, it does look like it's been left to the elements for quite some time. A thorough inspection would certainly be needed. Whatever part of the hydraulic system already installed would probably need a complete overhaul.



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User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3884 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3943 times:

Quoting francoflier (Reply 4):
It all depends on how much economic sense the current Mriya makes in its current role.

Probably a lot, being able to perform some tasks that no other aircraft can. And the basic An-124 design, by all accounts, is excellent.

I'm really impressed by the thickness of that wing, by the way.

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User currently onlinebond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5353 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3887 times:

Quoting ptrjong (Reply 5):
Probably a lot, being able to perform some tasks that no other aircraft can. And the basic An-124 design, by all accounts, is excellent.

If it was, it would be flying by now!

Sure it can "perform some tasks that no other aircraft can" but that doesn't make it economically feasible.

Jimbo



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3875 times:
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Quoting ptrjong (Reply 5):
I'm really impressed by the thickness of that wing, by the way.

Impressive yes, but check out how big the wing root fairing must be! It's got to be huge! You could have a party in there!



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User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3884 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3730 times:

Quoting bond007 (Reply 6):

The existing aircraft can earn its keep. Of course that doesn't mean that producing one more is necessarily feasible.



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User currently offlinehal9213 From Germany, joined May 2009, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3518 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 7):
You could have a party in there!

Good point! If I were rich, I'd buy that unfinished frame and make a bar / club / restaurant / party / whatever out of it   
Thats gotta be much more space than a scrapped 747 frame (like that hotel).


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