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Antonov An-225 Unconfirmed as Destroyed

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The worlds only active and flight read Antonov An-225 is being Unconfirmed Destroyed in Ukraine today due to heavy damage and a fire of the hanger it was in. Lets pray its safe and ready to fly again. (www.youtube.com) More...

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Gropierre
It is sad but it is even worse for all the innocent people killed by Putin.
djames225
djames225 3
Killed and/or being held against their will.
royhunte92
Roy Hunte 6
djames225
djames225 1
Beyond sad, Roy.
djames225
djames225 2
WOW...downvoted while commenting with Roy's truthful, how we feel emotion.
ToddBaldwin3
ToddBaldwin3 4
This wasn’t a news story. It was a YouTube video speculating that the aircraft was “probably” destroyed.
Cleffer
Cleffer 4
HEY! HEY NOW! Let's not let the facts get in the way of a good story!
KicksOnRoute66
Roger Anderson 3
Aircraft confirmed safe but seems to be in the hands of Russians now
williambaker08
william baker 1
Do you have a link to that confirmed information?? Or source.
KicksOnRoute66
Roger Anderson 6
One of the pilots https://twitter.com/chnakgun/status/1496891657039527945/photo/1
williambaker08
william baker 1
Oh okay thanks.
srobak
srobak -2
that's 3rdhand info, unfortunately. hopefully some proof comes soon.
djames225
djames225 2
That is not third hand proof. Dmytro Antonov (no relation either) is chief pilot of the AN225 as well as many other Antonov birds.
If anyone should know the fate of his craft, it would be him!
srobak
srobak 1
right, but that's not who posted the story.
djames225
djames225 1
It's a re-tweet of Dmytro's tweet, hence not 3rd hand info. It is, as they say, showing to be "direct from the horse's mouth"
srobak
srobak 0
it's a post of a retweet of a tweet that is _supposedly_ that of the pilot, yet is not blue-checked, and I am sure there are no fake accounts in twatter universe. That - by definition - is 3rd-hand info.

Oh - and then there's today's report from an actual official of the country, with accompanying imagery. That image is indeed of the northern-most hangar, the largest hangar and is the home of the 225. This is very easy to identify between the image vs. Google Earth or Google maps. You can also make out the distinct shape of a wing to the left, as well as the remnants of 3 nacelles on that side.

Sad to say - but she appears to be gone.
serdyfsx12
JOE SERDYNSKI 4
Putin a Liar??? Was told by a 'stable genius' that Putin was 'savvy' and a 'genius' for getting a good deal on land, believe the 'stable genius' said: “He’s taken over a country for $2 worth of sanctions,” “taking over a country — really a vast, vast location, a great piece of land with a lot of people — and just walking right in.”
gskarad
It's truly amazing that "stable genius'" followers have gone from being the party of Reagan to supporting Putin's invasion.
srobak
srobak -3
nobody is supporting Putin's invasion.
djames225
djames225 2
You might want to re-think that statement.
srobak
srobak -1
nope. nobody is supporting it - at least not in this country.
watkinssusan
i recall seeing that aircraft (or a very similar one) coming in to iah a while back..it was huge!!
srobak
srobak 1
It's the only on in the world. If it had 6 engines save a split tail then this was it. If it has 4 engines save a t tail then it was a c-5 gaudy. If no t tail then it was an an-124
srobak
srobak 1
And a split tail. Stupid phone
williambaker08
william baker 1
https://www.aviacionline.com/2022/02/russian-attack-on-hostomel-airport-an-225-and-nato-salis-program-base/
kmm0000
kmm0000 1
The world's largest aircraft - the Antonov An-225 - has been destroyed in the Russian advance, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says.

https://twitter.com/DmytroKuleba?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
djames225
djames225 1
I did not see anywhere in that tweet that it was destroyed..I saw that foreign affairs Minister Kuleba said "Russia may have destroyed"
srobak
srobak -1
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FMmG3qrXIAQVcry?format=png&name=large

pretty evident here. That is the 225's hangar - you can clearly compare it on google earth or google maps.
srobak
srobak 1
djames225
djames225 1
Here's another report, William
https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/30320-mriya-antonov-ukraine-battle
williambaker08
william baker 1
In my comments below. But thanks
djames225
djames225 3
oh sorry...it does show what a pathological liar Putin is. Military only?
I am praying that all the members of Antonov are safe and ok, and I wonder how many Antonov aircraft were damaged or destroyed..hopefully not their AN22
williambaker08
william baker 1
https://psychfull.com/unconfirmed-studies-recommend-the-worlds-largest-aircraft-has-been-destroyed/
williambaker08
william baker 1
https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/30320-mriya-antonov-ukraine-battle
williambaker08
william baker 1
I will post more links as more news becomes available.
williambaker08
william baker 1
The confirmation of the An-225 on Friday said the plane was intact however in the last 12 hours new satelite photos show parts of the plane and the hanger that the plane was is in. Is indeed on fire and destroyed. May this plane live in are hearts and are minds. Such a sad tragedy for a one of a kind An-225. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FMmG3qrXIAQVcry?format=png&name=small
djames225
djames225 1
Wrong hanger, william. The 225 resides in a much larger hanger that covers the whole craft not just part of it, and is partially enclosed on the backsde. That to me looks like a 124 in a hanger, as Antonov does have a number of them.
Or worse news would be, it is their restored AN22 that was in that hanger.
srobak
srobak 0
That image is indeed of the northern-most hangar, the largest hangar and is the home of the 225. This is very easy to identify between the image vs. Google Earth or Google maps. You can also make out the distinct shape of a wing to the left, as well as the remnants of 3 nacelles on that side.

Sad to say - but she appears to be gone.
djames225
djames225 1
I stand partially corrected and you are correct in 1 aspect. reports coming in from Antonov people through social media say it is gone..destroyed in the second attack on Hostomel. (Gostomel/Antonov International) "Sad to say - but she appears to be gone."
However that hangar shown is no longer the largest, and is apparently where 82009 was, an AN124..it too was in for maintenance but was totally destroyed. I just want to hear if AN22 was also damaged since it also uses that hangar.
As long as the main building can remain standing, there is hope the second 225 version will remain mostly intact, and they can use it to rebuild, as they stated.
srobak
srobak 0
Looking closer still - you can see the split tail in the image. pixelated as hell when looking that close - but pretty unmistakable.
williambaker08
william baker 1
UPDATE UPDATE. It has been confirmed that the Antonov An-225 is undamaged due to a report of the planes Chief Pilot however it seems that the plane has fallen into Russian hands. https://www.key.aero/article/antonov-an225-reported-safe
linbb
linbb -5
Well gee the internet was wrong? But then right? Always trust that trolls always have it right.
JMARTINSON
JMARTINSON 1
Why the hell is it even there?
srobak
srobak 1
supposedly for C maintenance check
djames225
djames225 1
Because it had just flown many many missions and was in modified A/B check. It had just come off a modded C/D check months ago, but due to cargo lifts, it is checked more often.
JJ7
JJ Johnson 0
Build Back Better with Biden. That sure didn't age well. We should have never given up our AF base and embassy in Afghanistan. The politics of appeasement by Neville Biden will haunt us for decades. Support Ukraine or watch Putin march back to Berlin.
n7777r
Derek Vaughn 1
Mr. Ed can't be getting any sleep after seeing the oil depot in flames. He could probably beat Putin to death with his bare hands for that one.
acmi
acmi 0
It was in LEJ a couple of days ago. I doubt that they brought it back
srobak
srobak 1
It's been at Gostomel since Feb 5, undergoing C check. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/UR82060
djames225
djames225 1
Modified A/B check...it had done a modded C/D check months back.

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