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An-225 ''Mriya''

The An-225 in current livery, 2012
aircraft type
|type=Strategic airlifter+
Soviet Union+
Antonov Serial Production Plant+
21 December 1988
In service
Antonov Airlines+
Antonov An-124+


The '''Antonov An-225 ''Mriya''''' (. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service. The single example built has the Ukrainian+ civil registration '''UR-82060'''. A second airframe was partially built; its completion was halted because of lack of funding and interest.

The Antonov An-225, initially developed for the task of transporting the Buran+ spaceplane+, was an enlargement of the successful Antonov An-124+. The first and only An-225 was completed in 1988. After successfully fulfilling its Soviet military missions, it was mothballed+ for eight years. It was then refurbished and re-introduced, and is in commercial operation with Antonov Airlines+ carrying oversized payloads. The airlifter holds the absolute world records for an airlifted single-item payload of , and an airlifted total payload of . on a commercial flight.

The Antonov An-225 was designed to airlift the Energia+ rocket+'s booster+s and the ''Buran''+ space shuttle for the Soviet space program+. It was developed as a replacement for the Myasishchev VM-T+. The An-225's original mission and objectives are almost identical to that of the United States' Shuttle Carrier Aircraft+.

The An-225 first flew on 21 December 1988 with a 74-minute flight from Kiev. The aircraft was on static display at the Paris Air Show+ in 1989 and it flew during the public days at the Farnborough air show+ in 1990. Two aircraft were ordered, but only one An-225 (registration+ CCCP-82060 later UR-82060) was finished. It can carry ultra-heavy and oversize freight, up to internally, or on the upper fuselage. Cargo on the upper fuselage can be long.

A second An-225 was partially built during the late 1980s for the Soviet space program. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the cancellation of the Buran space program, the lone operational An-225 was placed in storage in 1994. The six Ivchenko-Progress+ engines were removed for use on An-124s, and the second uncompleted An-225 airframe was also stored. The first An-225 was later re-engined and put into service."" ''Military Factory'', 23 August 2012. Retrieved: 6 September 2012.

By 2000, the need for additional An-225 capacity had become apparent, so the decision was made in September 2006 to complete the second An-225. The second airframe was scheduled for completion around 2008, then delayed. By August 2009, the aircraft had not been completed and work had been abandoned.. Flight International, 17 August 2009. In May 2011, the Antonov CEO is reported to have said that the completion of a second An-225 Mriya transport aircraft with a carrying capacity of 250 tons requires at least $300 million, but if the financing is provided, its completion could be achieved in three years. According to different sources, the second jet is 60–70% complete.

In April 2013, the Russia+n government announced plans to revive Soviet-era air launch+ projects that would use a purpose-built modification to the An-225 as a midair launchpad.Update after|2014|04|30|:

In August 2016, representatives from Ukraine's Antonov and Aerospace Industry Corporation of China, an import-export company operating out of Hong Kong, signed an agreement to recommence production of the An-225, with China now planning to procure and fly the first model by 2019. The aviation media cast doubt on the production restart, indicating that due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict needed parts from Russia are unavailable, although they may be made in China instead.

Based on Antonov's earlier An-124+, the An-225 has fuselage barrel extensions added fore and aft of the wings. The wings also received root extensions to increase span. Two more Progress D-18T+ turbofan+ engines were added to the new wing root+s, bringing the total to six. An increased-capacity landing gear+ system with 32 wheels was designed, some of which are steerable, enabling the aircraft to turn within a convert|60|m|ft|adj=mid

Initially the An-225 had a maximum gross weight of , but from 2000 to 2001 the aircraft underwent modifications at a cost of US$20M such as the addition of a reinforced floor, which increased the maximum gross weight to .Forward, David C: "Antonov's Dream Machine", p. 23. ''Airways'' magazine, June 2004Spaeth, Andreas: "When size matters", p. 29. ''Air International'' magazine, December 2009Gordon, Yefim; Dmitriy and Sergey Komissarov: "The Six-Engined Dream", page 76. ''Antonov's Heavy Transports: The An-22, An-124/225 and An-70''. Midland, 2004. ISBN 1-85780-182-2.

Both the earlier and later takeoff weights establish the An-225 as the world's heaviest aircraft, being heavier than the double-deck Airbus A380+. It is surpassed in other size-related categories, however: Airbus claims to have improved upon the An-225's maximum landing weight by landing an A380 at during tests, and the Hughes H-4 Hercules+, known as the "Spruce Goose", has a greater wingspan and a greater overall height. But the Spruce Goose is 20% shorter and overall lighter, due to the materials used in its construction. It only flew once, making the An-225 the largest aircraft in the world to fly multiple times.

The An-225's pressurized+ cargo hold+ is in volume; wide, high, and long"" ''''. Retrieved: 6 September 2012. ''Air Charter Service''. Retrieved: 6 September 2012. — longer than the first flight of the Wright Flyer+.

During the last years of the Soviet space program+, the An-225 was employed as the prime method of transporting the ''Buran''+ space shuttle.

In the late 1980s, the Soviet government was looking to generate revenue from its military assets. In 1989, the Antonov Design Bureau set up a holding company as a heavy airlift shipping corporation under the name "Antonov Airlines+", based in Kiev+, Ukraine and operating from London Luton Airport+ in partnership with the Air Foyle HeavyLift+.

The company began operations with a fleet of four An-124-100s and three Antonov An-12+s, but a need for aircraft larger than the An-124 became apparent in the late 1990s. In response, the original An-225 was re-engined, modified for heavy cargo transport, and placed back in service under the management of Antonov Airlines.

On 23 May 2001, the An-225 received its type certificate from the Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IAC AR). On 11 September 2001, carrying four main battle tank+s at a record load of of cargo, the An-225 flew at an altitude of up to at a speed of .

The type's first flight in commercial service departed from Stuttgart+, Germany+ on 3 January 2002, and flew to Thumrait, Oman+ with 216,000 prepared meals for American military personnel based in the region. This vast number of ready meals was transported on some 375 pallets and weighed 187.5 tons.

The An-225 has since become the workhorse of the Antonov Airlines fleet, transporting objects once thought impossible to move by air, such as 150-tonne generators. It has become an asset to international relief organizations for its ability to quickly transport huge quantities of emergency supplies during disaster relief operations.

The An-225 has been contracted by the Canadian and U.S. governments to transport military supplies to the Middle East in support of coalition forces. An example of the cost of shipping cargo by An-225 was over 2 million DKK+ (approx. €266,000) for flying a chimney duct from Billund+, Denmark+ to Kazakhstan+ in 2004. . Retrieved: 13 June 2010.
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On 11 August 2009, the heaviest single cargo item ever sent via air freight was loaded onto the An-225. At , Eye for Transport, 18 August 2009.

During 2009, the An-225 was painted in a new blue and yellow paint scheme, after Antonov ceased cooperation with AirFoyle and partnered with Volga-Dnepr+ in 2006.Ingram, Frederick C. ''''. Retrieved: 24 July 2010.

On 11 June 2010, the An-225 carried the world's longest piece of air cargo, two convert|42|m|ft|adj=mid

* Antonov Airlines+ for Soviet ''Buran'' program+; the company (and aircraft) passed to Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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* Antonov Airlines+

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Aircraft specs
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General characteristics
|length m=84
|span m=88.4
|height m=18.1
|wing area sqm=905
|aspect ratio=8.6
|empty weight kg=285000
|max takeoff weight kg=640000
|fuel capacity=300,000 kg
*Cargo hold+ – volume , length 43.35m, width 6.4m, height 4.4m
|eng1 number=6
|eng1 name=ZMKB Progress D-18+
|eng1 type=turbofan+s
|eng1 kn=229.5
|max speed kmh=850
|max speed mach=|cruise speed kmh=800
|range km=15400
|range note=with maximum fuel; range with 200 tonnes payload: 4,000 km (2,500 mi)
|endurance=|ceiling m=11000
|g limits=|roll rate=|glide ratio=|climb rate ms=
|wing loading kg/m2=662.9

|see also=* Air launch to orbit+
*MAKS (spacecraft)+
*State Space Agency of Ukraine#Svityaz project+
|related=* Antonov An-124+
|similar aircraft=* Airbus Beluga+
* Boeing 747-8F+
* Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft+
* Boeing Dreamlifter+ (747 Large Cargo Freighter)
* Lockheed C-5 Galaxy+
* Myasishchev VM-T+
|lists=* List of military aircraft of the Soviet Union and the CIS+
* List of large aircraft+

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Antonov An-225 Mriya+ The Antonov An-225 Mriya (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрія (dream or inspiration), NATO reporting name: "Cossack") is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Soviet Union in the 1980s.