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Picture of the Antonov An-225 Mriya aircraft

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More: Antonov Design Bureau
More: Antonov An-225 Mriya
More: Baikonur - Yubileiny (UAON)
More: Kazakhstan, 1989
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CCCP-480182 (cn 19530503763) This photo was a present for me from my grandfather many years ago. Aircraft has an old registration number and big nose sensor used during flight testing. Thanks to my friends Valeriy K. and Artyom Anikeev who helps me to edit this photo!
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A visitor from - posted Tue April 17, 2012:

A visitor from Germany posted Sat January 14, 2012:
Its a modern marvel

A visitor from - posted Fri October 28, 2011:
"If only..., It could have..., It would have..." But it didn't. Oh well. The Soviets will always have Sputnik.

A visitor from Germany posted Thu September 29, 2011:
Amazing Picture. and for this lonely US Guy: Buran got a higher payload and was able to operate as an unmanned Shuttle. OK, it only sees an orbit once, but it worked ;) unfortunately the USSR crashed down.. if Russia needs to have a lot more Capacity to lift payloads or men into Orbit they may need to reactivate the Buran and the Energija Project.. and i will see it launched at our European launchsite right next to the Equator...

A visitor from Bahrain posted Wed August 17, 2011:

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed June 15, 2011:
Great pic. Some guys from the US should really read a bit about the Buran before misrepresenting it as a SS replica.

A visitor from - posted Tue February 8, 2011:
In 1988-1991 we had very big problems with money then USSR was crashed...i think it's the main reason of Buran's fail.

A visitor from United States posted Wed January 26, 2011:
Amazing photo but, why did the soviet union spend so much money building almost an exact replica of our (USA) space shuttle to only fly it once and unmanned? Made no damn sense to me. My father built the SSME throttling controls at Honeywell Minneapolis,MN. Soviets wasted a lot of money on nothing.

A visitor from Netherlands posted Wed January 26, 2011:
Great picture of russian historical achievements,the post that it only lifted on the an225 is not amusing.Jealous?.

A visitor from Kazakhstan posted Tue November 30, 2010:
Thanks for sharing us a piece of History. 5*

A visitor from Norway posted Sat October 30, 2010:
Very special photo. Have not seen this before. Thanks for sharing it.

A visitor from - posted Sat July 3, 2010:
Yes,Buran had space flight from Baikonur 15 november 1988 =)

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 30, 2010:
Oh my God! Call 911! The Rooskies are stealing a shuttle! Did the Buran ever see outer space or did it just ride around on the Mriya?

A visitor from Turkey posted Sat June 5, 2010:
An225=World's biggest spear.
Buran=An225's JATO mechanism.

A visitor from Turkey posted Sun May 30, 2010:
Great :)

A visitor from - posted Fri May 21, 2010:
The whole epoch...

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 10, 2010:
Not just an extremely rare sight, but an excellent photo besides! 5 stars and my vote for photographer's choice!

A visitor from Canada posted Sun May 9, 2010:
Not only is this photograph historically significant, it is also of very high quality. What a great combo the Mriya and Buran made. Need I mention it is worth 5 stars?

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun May 9, 2010:
Nice, One thing thou, that Russian Space Shuttle looks very familiar, I'm sure i've seen it somewhere else?!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun May 9, 2010:

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat May 8, 2010:
Yeah! We made it! Artyomka;)

A visitor from United States posted Sat May 8, 2010:
Nice historic photo! By the way - this shot was taken at Baikonur - Yubileiny (UAON) in May, 1989 /o.b.

A visitor from India posted Sat May 8, 2010:
Outstanding aviation photography!
Sean D'Silva

A visitor from Argentina posted Sat May 8, 2010:
Excellent photo... !!!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat May 8, 2010:
Quality is outstanding minus the black and white. Thanks for sharing.

A visitor from - posted Sat May 8, 2010:
Great old shot of Mriya ! Stop at Baikonur ?

A visitor from Ukraine posted Sat May 8, 2010:
A rare historical photo.

> ...and big nose antenna

That's not an antenna, that's a sensor used during flight testing. It should be sensing the undisturbed airflow parameters.

A visitor from - posted Sat May 8, 2010:
A master piece of history!

A visitor from - posted Sat May 8, 2010:
Most beautiful duo ever saw. thank you for this great photo

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