I agree with Solnabo, this thread is getting out of hand. It's getting too political.
Let's face it: on one side, you have the Americans that don't really want the biggest (usually an american term) plane ever built to be that successfull, just because it isn't US made.
And on the other hand you have the frenchman who says the An-225 and the C-5 are pieces of junk, while I believe they are both amazing achievements.
By the way, I will deviate from the subject a little and say that the C-17 is a superb aircraft to see perform in airshows.... just spectacular to see land and takeoff on such short distances and perform in the air like it does... WOW!!!
Come on people, airplanes are beautiful wether they are built on one side of the atlantic or the other... grow up!!
Best regards to aviation fans,