c5load From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4684 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.
"But this airplane has 4 engines, it's an entirely different kind of flying! Altogether"
shufflemoomin From Denmark, joined Jun 2010, 480 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4530 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.
francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3766 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4453 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.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...