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Question About This AN-225

Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:07 am

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?

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RE: Question About This AN-225

Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:26 am

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!
 
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RE: Question About This AN-225

Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:48 am

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.
 
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RE: Question About This AN-225

Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:31 am

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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RE: Question About This AN-225

Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:41 pm

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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RE: Question About This AN-225

Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:22 pm

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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RE: Question About This AN-225

Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:20 pm

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.

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RE: Question About This AN-225

Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:40 pm

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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RE: Question About This AN-225

Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:09 pm

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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RE: Question About This AN-225

Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:35 pm

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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