User avatar
HAWK21M
Topic Author
Posts: 29867
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:05 pm

An225 - How Many.

Thu Nov 11, 2004 8:13 pm


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Ignatiy Savranskiy


The Pic states the 2nd An-225 being built.Wasn't there Two built initially.
Anyone aware.
regds
MEL
I may not win often, but I damn well never lose!!! ;)
 
Alessandro
Posts: 4962
Joined: Wed Sep 12, 2001 3:13 am

RE: An225 - How Many.

Thu Nov 11, 2004 8:18 pm

Only one flying, the second one on the pic not completed...
From New Yorqatar to Califarbia...
 
User avatar
HAWK21M
Topic Author
Posts: 29867
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:05 pm

RE: An225 - How Many.

Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:21 am

The An225 program had built only one Aircraft,then how did they carry out the Testing.Normally more than one would have been built right.
regds
MEL
I may not win often, but I damn well never lose!!! ;)
 
radelow
Posts: 415
Joined: Thu Jul 15, 2004 3:07 am

RE: An225 - How Many.

Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:45 am

It's called "The Soviet Union". They didn't exactly fall under the same "standards" as western companies do.
 
Maersk737
Posts: 654
Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2004 3:37 am

RE: An225 - How Many.

Fri Nov 12, 2004 1:51 am

But they do make them very solid. So testing doesn't seem to be needed  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Cheers

Peter
I'm not proud to be a Viking, just thankfull
 
Vimanav
Posts: 1439
Joined: Thu Jul 31, 2003 4:33 am

RE: An225 - How Many.

Fri Nov 12, 2004 2:53 am

Only one AN225 was initially built. On 30NOV88 the airplane debuted. Maiden flight was just three weeks later and lasted 75 minutes. The Mriya had been created in only three and a half years as part of the Soviet space program. One of the tasks envisioned for the aircraft was the transportation of the space shuttle Buran and parts of the Energia launcher. Other tasks suited for the airplane included transportation of equipment for oil exploration or power plants to remote Siberia.

After the spectacular Western debut at the Paris Air Show in 1989, the Mriya faced a period of uncertainty following the break up of the Soviet Union. The aircraft which had broken over 100 flight records was mothballed and parked at Kiev for several years.

Market research indicated excellent demand for such large capacity. Several customers have been found in the USA especially since parts of launchers like the Delta and Atlas could be transported in the An-225. The completely assembled fuselage of a Boeing 737 could be fitted in the hold for instance. Against such demand, the estimated cost of resurrecting the AN-225 line would found to be affordable at about USD 200 million. Time-wise too it was projected that the second example could be assembled in about one year's time and the third in about 2. Approximately 100hrs of flight is required for Russian certification. With the aircraft planned for extensive use in the USA, FAA certification is also required. Following on this we now have the above pictured aircraft in assembly and hopefully gracing the skies soon.

rgds//Vimanav
Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
 
jetblast
Posts: 950
Joined: Fri Nov 05, 2004 11:19 am

RE: An225 - How Many.

Fri Nov 12, 2004 3:30 am

How much would one of these cost for purchase?

JetBlast @ BWI  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Speedbird Concorde One
 
User avatar
HAWK21M
Topic Author
Posts: 29867
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:05 pm

RE: An225 - How Many.

Fri Nov 12, 2004 3:33 am

Thanks Vimanav....Nice Details.
regds
MEL
I may not win often, but I damn well never lose!!! ;)
 
Scorpio
Posts: 4797
Joined: Thu Oct 04, 2001 3:48 am

RE: An225 - How Many.

Fri Nov 12, 2004 3:39 am

Vimanav,

Following on this we now have the above pictured aircraft in assembly and hopefully gracing the skies soon.

That fuselage has been sitting there like that for years. It's the originally planned 2nd An-225, assembly of which was stopped when the USSR fell apart, due to lack of funds. Though there have been attempts in the past to restart its production, it is quite unlikely this one will ever fly.

Edit: According to Flight International, work on this second frame was halted in 1994, so it's been sitting there like that for 10 years!

[Edited 2004-11-11 19:43:38]
 
Vimanav
Posts: 1439
Joined: Thu Jul 31, 2003 4:33 am

RE: An225 - How Many.

Fri Nov 12, 2004 4:02 am

If I recall correctly, Air Foyle has expressed a very strong interest in developing the second and third aircraft. The outsize cargo market being very strong is another indicator that the subsequent AN225s may yet see light of day. The half built second airframe was stalled for several years and as per some sources (I'll dig for it) is now under reconstruction.

rgds//Vimanav
Sarfaroshi kii tamannaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhnaa hai zor kitnaa baazu-e-qaatil mein hai
 
prebennorholm
Posts: 6430
Joined: Tue Mar 21, 2000 6:25 am

RE: An225 - How Many.

Fri Nov 12, 2004 4:30 am

HAWK21M: The An225 program had built only one Aircraft,then how did they carry out the Testing.

The An-225 didn't need much testing since it is in fact a minimum change of the An-124.

The fuselage is a stretched An-124 fuselage.

The wings are in fact identical.

Only a much wider center box has been made carrying the innermost two engines. Outside the innermost engines standard An-124 wings are mounted.

Then of course it has different tail feathers and a lot more wheels.

But for all practical things it is a slightly modified An-124.
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs