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The Mriya is destroyed

For several days rumors have been circulating about the destruction of the Mriya (An-225). But now the news is confirmed on the Ukraine’s official Twitter account. The Mriya was destroyed during the capture of the airport of Gostomel. Indeed, the Mriya was parked there to be repaired following a damage on a landing gear suffered a few days earlier.

Detailed pictures of the attack:
Destruction du Mriya
Destruction du Mriya

Update of March 4:
A picture was just published were we can clearly see the front side of Mriya torn off.
Mriya destroyed

Russian reportage, from the television channel ‘Pervi Kanal’, showing the damages at the Gostomel airport and especially the destroyed Mriya.
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Source: Reddit, Twitter

Antonov is no more


The famous ukrainian design bureau was liquidated on January, 27 2016 after a government decision. The three divisions that composed it will be affected to the state defense conglomerate Ukroboronprom, according to the press service of the Ministry of Economic Development. Indeed, those three divisions already joined the conglomerate Ukroboronprom last year so liquidating the design bureau is just putting things in order.

The design bureau was created by the ukrainian Oleg Konstantinovitch Antonov in 1946, it became famous by creating numerous
lights aircrafts like the AN-2 but also jumbo planes like the AN-124 and its big brother the AN-225.

Source: Tass.

Antonov still wants to complete the second Mriya


Antonov’s CEO, Kostiantyn Lushakov, declared to the press agency Interfax-Ukrain that 300 M$ were necessary to complete the construction of the second Antonov 225. If the fundings are given the assembly could be finished in 3 years.

According to Vyacheslav Boguslaev, chairman of the Motor Sich company, the Russian Defense’s minister Anatoly Serdukov is interested by the assembly of this second plane.

Source: ukrainianjournal.com

The Mriya to help Japan


The Mriya landed today morning at the Marcel Dassault airport (France) to bring freight and men to Japan.

It will carry 140 tons of various materials (especially made to work in contaminated environment) such as robots and construction vehicles. The French specialists are made of volunteers and will help their Japaneses counterparts to work on the nuclear power plants.


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Update (28/03/11), lift off of the Mriya from the Marcel Dassault airport.

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Source: Nouvelle république.

Landing of the An-225 at the Samoa’s islands

On last September 29 was a tsunami, caused by an earthquake 200km South West of the archipelago, which devastated the american Samoa’s island and killed about 200 people. The islands were severly damaged and many installations were destroyed or badly injured, like two electrical power plants.

Tsunami Tsunami

The american president Barack Obama declared the Samoa islands in emergency state: he allocated a federal subvention to help the assistance. The FEMA arraigned to fly in some replacement generators, that arrived on the 13th October. The Mriya touched down in the early hours and left late afternoon after discharging ten large generators, fuel tanks and other equipments.

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Mriya An-225

Thanks to Derek W. for the pictures.

New world record for the AN-225


The Mriya landed yesterday at the Hahn airport (Germany) to carry an Alstom generator of 190t.

This generator is the heaviest indivisible piece of hardware ever transported by air and shows again the superiority of the AN-225 in heavy loads transports. This piece will be use in an Armenian gas factory. In total six travels will be necessary, the first four was accomplished by AN-124 (lighter version) and the last two will be by the Mriya.

New youth for the Mriya

Antonov Airline gave a youth bath of the Mriya. Indeed, during the last weeks the company renewed the pattern on the fuselage, the previous, inherited from the soviet time and a little bit austere, was replaced by a new one more in the spirit of the time.

The colors used are the ones of the Ukrainian flag. This last, located on the tail, was replaced by the company logo.

Former pattern:

En vol-In flight

New pattern:

Renovation Renovation Renovation

Other pictures of the Mriya in the gallery.

20 years ago at Le Bourget


This week was the centenary of the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. Indeed it was in 1909 that the first edition took place, it was at the Grand Palais in Paris and was named « International Exposition of the Aerial Locomotion ».

But this year is also an anniversary, the one of the coming of Buran in Paris. After its first flight in 1988 the space shuttle Buran OK-1.01 was bring to Paris piggybacked on top of the Antonov 225. This was the first time Buran was shown to the public and the first time westerners could admire the Mriya (it was presented to the medias at Kiev in February 1989). The Antonov took off with Buran from Baikonur on March 21, 1989 to Kiev, 2 days later it brought Buran to Moscow at the Zhukovski airbase before returning to Kiev. On June 7 Mriya-Buran flew a non-stop flight of 3.5 hours to Paris to land at Le Bourget and become the main attraction of the show. The observers were amazed to see Buran transported through lite rain. The American shuttle piggybacked on top of the Boeing 747 never flight during rainy weather nor through clouds, moreover it is preceded by 150km by a fighter plane to inform it of weather conditions. Such plan wasn’t set up for Mriya-Buran even if French Mirages escorted it from the border.

At le Bourget:
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At Zhukovski:
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Other pictures of Mriya-Buran at Le Bourget and at Zhukovski in the gallery.