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  • AN-225 Mriya reportedly destroyed in Kiev by Russian attack

    They've killed the world's largest plane. Sad sad sad day for aviation as well as humanity.

  • #2
    They destroyed the plane that served to themselves in cold war. Unbelievable!

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    • #3

      Sad day Allow me to quote,
      Originally posted by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Twitter
      Russia may have destroyed our 'Mriya'. But they will never be able to destroy our dream of a strong, free and democratic European state. We shall prevail!

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      • #4
        On another forum it’s Supposed to be in Kiev under going maintenance, with its tail sticking out from the hanger.

        Regards

        Sentinel

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        • #5
          Originally posted by pandapilot

          The Mriya is located in Gostomel, one of Kiev airports. Since the first days of the attack, russian occupants have been shelling Kiev (as they did with other major cities) with all types of weapons — missiles (both ballistic and cruise), heavy artillery, aircrafts... Gostomel was one of their targets, and one (at least) of the shells hit the front part of the hangar, causing front right side of the hangar to collapse. We don't see the Mriya up close, but after looking at the available satellite images of the destroyed hangar with tail still sticking out we can estimate the nose, including cockpit, and right wing is destroyed by the explosion and hangar collapse — but the plane itself is not destroyed into pieces. Anyway, it would be a very hard and expensive task rebuilding the plane even if part of it survived.
          If that assessment is accurate, it would almost certainly be written off. Very frustrating that it wasn't flown out in the days before the invasion. And very ironic that the Russians destroyed what was probably the most enduring and impressive icons of Soviet achievement. But I guess self-destruction is their thing now...

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          • #6
            Judging from that still shot from the video, it’s well and truly knackered. Destined not to fly anymore, may she rest in peace, in the great aircraft heaven with all the other past greats in aviation history.

            Regards

            Sentinel

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            • #7
              Brings a lump to the throat seeing the AN225 on it’s side totally destroyed. Someone should be demanding the looney in the the Kremlin, from the Ukraine government money for an entirely new version completely updated to today’s standard of equipment. One can live and hope, while I’m on the soapbox can I have the power to stop this totally pointless and wanton destruction of Ukraine. Getting off the soapbox, much more you can say apart from bastards.

              regards
              sentinel

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              • #8
                What the world needs now is half a dozen long haired men with moustaches and speaking with a Hereford accent to go on a short trip to Moscow to give Putin some good news.
                If it 'ain't broken........ Don't try to mend it !

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                • #9
                  Rip. Hoping once this is over they’ll be able to scrape together enough money to rebuild the plane.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Evan View Post
                    They've killed the world's largest plane. Sad sad sad day for aviation as well as humanity.
                    Ahm, yes. And I still don't know if that happened by intention (dt.: durch Vorsatz), but he, or as you say, 'they', but I like to stay with 'he'
                    has begun the war exactly one week before my birthday.
                    Since then, I was not really able to develop happy birthday feelings, really really not. But 3WE knows the story already, so I don't wanna repeat it every week.

                    Back on topic.
                    Yes. And they really only produced one aircraft, of the type Antonov AN-225. Here is the evidence (in German, but I like to translate):
                    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonow_An-225

                    "The AN-225 was a Cargo jet aircraft with six jet engines, developed by O.K. Antonov in the Sovjet Union. First flight was December 1988."

                    So far so bad. And since the end of February 2022, which today is the longest Cargo jet aircraft?

                    PS: These are the Cargo jet dimensions (metric) of well known Cargo jets, my choice, and this list is without the claim to be complete.
                    Antonov AN-124 >> Length 69,1 meter - wingspan 73,3 meter. Which is quite a loud thing. I can say that,
                    "they" were here at Lohausen Intl with an AN-124 last year, 2021 . And I was there, too. Loud, but also impressive by her size.

                    And what else:
                    [only 1 a/c, damaged beyond repair: Antonov AN-225 >> Length 84 meter - wingspan 88,4 meter.]

                    And what else?
                    Boeing 777F, with a nightblue tailfin with a bird on it. >> Length 63,73 meter - wingspan 64,80 meter.

                    And finally, and that's where I somehow miss Bob, words which I thought that I'd never in my whole life would write them down, but isn't Bob somehow
                    a specialist for big Cargo jets? But I can say that, too.
                    Boeing 748F (and B748 passage version, which are of the same size) >> Length 76,3 meter - wingspan 68,40 meter.

                    So. I don't wanna say that someone has done a favor for "my 747", but at least the longest Cargo jet is no longer an Antonov.
                    Last edited by LH-B744; 2022-03-23, 22:28. Reason: Cargo jet dimensions.
                    The German long haul is alive, since more than 60 years.
                    The Gold Member in the 747 club, 50 years since the first LH 747.
                    And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
                    This is Lohausen International airport speaking, echo delta delta lima.

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                    • #11
                      Sorry that I open another entry for the same topic, but, the topic is... rather big or, quite legendary Cargo jets?

                      If that's the case, then I definitely have another entry:

                      McDonnell Douglas MD-11F, with a nightblue tailfin with a bird on it. >> Length 61,6 meter - wingspan only 51,97 meter (!).

                      The MD-11F is another a/c type which since October 2021 has left the skies, at least with a nightblue tailfin with a bird on it:
                      https://www.flugrevue.de/zivil/die-d...apitel-md-11f/
                      Lufthansa MD-11F (1998-2021).

                      And now, back on topic.
                      The German long haul is alive, since more than 60 years.
                      The Gold Member in the 747 club, 50 years since the first LH 747.
                      And constantly advanced, 744 and 748 /w upper and lower EICAS.
                      This is Lohausen International airport speaking, echo delta delta lima.

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