The Russian invasion of the Ukraine is the 9/11 of this generation. Many things are going to change in the world, and one of them will be a true aviation legend.
This afternoon, at 16:47 CET, the official Ukrainian Twitter channel announced the destruction of the Antonov An-225 Mriya: "The world's largest aircraft 'Mriya' (The Dream) was destroyed by Russian occupants at an airfield near Kyiv. We will rebuild the plane. We will fulfill our dream of a strong, free and democratic Ukraine." Along with this text, he has shown an image of the plane with this epitaph: "They burned the biggest plane, but our Mriya will never perish."
The biggest plane in the world "Mriya" (The Dream) was destroyed by Russian occupants on an airfield near Kyiv. We will rebuild the plane. We will fulfill our dream of a strong, free, and democratic Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/Gy6DN8E1VR
— Ukraine / Україна (@Ukraine) February 27, 2022
A few minutes later, Antonov, the owner of the plane, announced on her official Twitter channel: "Update on the status of the An-225 'Mriya' aircraft: Currently, until the An-225 is inspected by experts, we cannot report on the technical status of the aircraft. Please wait for the next official announcement."
Оновлення інформації по стану літака #Ан225 «Мрія»: На теперішній час, допоки Ан-225 не буде оглянутий експертами, ми не можемо повідомити про технічний стан літака.
Чекайте на подальше офіційне повідомлення. pic.twitter.com/VCgykMW8ms
— ANTONOV Company 🇺🇦 (@AntonovCompany) February 27, 2022
This Saturday, in a message published in English, Antonov had pointed out: "We don’t have accurate information about #AN225 Mriya. Now in Gostomel (it is the region where airfield base @AntonovAirlines) still fighting continues. according to the latest information (24.02.2022) the plane was intact". In Gostomel is where the Antonov Airport is, from where this company operated the An-225 and also An-124 Ruslan transport planes.
according to the latest information (24.02.2022) the plane was intact
— ANTONOV Company 🇺🇦 (@AntonovCompany) February 25, 2022
This morning at 11:29 CET, the OSINT_Canada Twitter channel posted this alleged image of the destroyed plane, inside its hangar:
OSINT_Canada as also posted this photo of the hangar when it was intact:
Airline Ratings has published this analysis of the images carried out by Vortex#1949:
The An-225 was developed by Antonov in the 1980s from the four-engined An-124 as a special aircraft to transport the Soviet Buran program shuttles. It made its first flight on December 21, 1988. Construction began on a second example that was never completed. The original plane was restored in 2001 after years of neglect after the fall of the USSR.
During these years, the An-225 has been carrying out all kinds of transport around the world. Equipped with six engines, it had a load capacity of 250 tons. It was a huge plane, with a fuselage 84 meters long and a wingspan of 88.4 meters. Its cruising speed was 800 km/h and it had a range of 4,000 kilometers at full load.
At the moment, the status of the fleet of 4 An-124s operated by Antonov Airlines from Gostomel is unknown. This plane, the Soviet equivalent of the American C-5 Galaxy, is another of the giants of aviation history. Hopefully Ukraine can rebuild everything the Russians are destroying.
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