Antonov An-225

The history of the An-225 began more than 30 years ago, at the time conceived to proceed hand in hand with two other overtly ambitious Soviet aerospace programmes – the An-124 Ruslan strategic military transport aircraft and a re-usable space system similar to the US space shuttle. Design activities for the An-124 were launched at the Kiev-based Antonov Design Bureau in the late 1960s, to meet a Soviet Union Ministry of Defence requirement to replace the An-22 Antey turboprop airlifter and get an equivalent of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy that was fielded by the US Air Force in 1969. The programme proved a notably protracted undertaking due to numerous conceptual problems and the design was not frozen until the late 1970s, while the An-124’s maiden flight did not take place until December 1982.

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Flight Adventure: The Antonov An-225 Mriya

Who would have expected that an aircraft where only one single example was ever built would cause aviation enthusiasts to gather by the thousands wherever it flew, to simply watch it land and take off? This time, our Flight Adventure examines the gargantuan Antonov An-225 Mriya.

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An-225 Mriya: Antonov’s Lonely Giant

The Antonov An-225 Mriya was one of the early casualties of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, though the manufacturer has stated it will be rebuild the world's largest aircraft. Key Aero looks back at the achievements of this record-breaking heavylifter from the May 2021 issue of Aviation News

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Rebuilding An-225: How Microsoft is helping resurrect Mriya

Work is well underway to revive the iconic An-225 following its destruction in the opening days of the war in Ukraine.

Antonov-2 International Airport for MSFS released

UKKM Antonov-2 Airport is the Ukrainian base of the Antonov Design Bureau and was home to the only operational AN-225 as well as some of the most eccentric Antonov aircraft designs.

Famous Flyer IV: Antonov An-225 Mriya released

Microsoft has released the latest aircraft in the Famous Flyer series, the Antonov An-225 Mriya for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Battle of Antonov Airport: Analysis of the Attack

Babak Taghvee provides analysis on the Battle of Antonov Airport, which resulted in the loss of one of the most iconic aircraft to ever grace the skies, the Antonov An-225 Mriya

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The life and legacy of the Antonov An-225: What next?

Airliner World reflects on the long career of An-225 Mriya and ponders what happens next for Kyiv’s cargo-hauling colossus.

QUIZ: Antonov An-225

Aviation's world heavyweight champion might have been destroyed last month, but our memories haven't. How much do you know about the An-225?

Is the AN-225 airborne?

The Kyiv-based colossus has appeared on flightradar24 and other flight monitoring platforms

BREAKING: Video confirms Antonov An-225 has been destroyed

A video circulating on social media reportedly confirms that the world’s only Antonov An-225 was in fact destroyed during fighting at Gostomel Airport near Kyiv in Ukraine.