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The Antonov An-225 Mriya (Ukranian for
inspiration) was a strategic airlift cargo aircraft designed in the 1980s by the Antonov Design Bureau in Soviet Ukraine. It was orriginally developed as an enlargement of the Antonov An-124 to transport Buran-class orbiters, and only one example was ever completed. After successfully fulfilling its military missions, the aircraft was mothballed for eight years. It was then refurbished and reintroduced into commercial operation with Antonov Airlines, carrying oversized payloads. While a second airframe with a slightly different configuration was partially built, construction was halted more than once due to a lack of funding and interest. This second aircraft was last brought up to 60-70% completion in 2009.
With a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes (705 short tons), the An-225 held several records, including heaviest aircraft ever built and largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service (until the rollout of the Scaled Composites Stratolaunch in May 2017). The Mriya attracted a high degree of public interest, attaining a global following due to its size and uniqueness. People frequently visited airports to see its scheduled arrivals and departures.
Unfortunately, however, the An-225 was destroyed (although in recorded media, half the plane remains intact) in the Battle of Antonov Airport during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Ukranian government has said on Twitter that they will rebuild the plane, but as to how is uncertain. They might either used what’s left of the original combined with the uncompleted frame, or finish building the second aircraft with all-new parts.
A mod aircraft called Antonov An-225 Mriya. Built with 115 of the finest parts, its root part is mk3galaxy.
Built in the SPH in KSP version 1.5.1.
- Type: SPH
- Class: ship
- Part Count: 115
- Mods: 7
- KSP: 1.5.1
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