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Zelensky Wants To Build Second An-225

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky says he wants to see a partially built An-225 finished to replace the one destroyed in fighting in Hostomel early in the war with Russia. It will cost about $800 million to finish the second aircraft, which has been stored in good condition since getting to about 70 percent complete in 1994. In a speech to students, Zelensky suggested the country can’t afford to not build the aircraft. “But in this case, it’s not a matter of money, it’s a matter of ambition,”… (www.avweb.com) Mehr...

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mthompson218
mthompson218 32
It's callsign should be "Phoenix".
williambaker08
william baker 1
Now I want to watch that again. Curse you lol. JOKING
pjhhonda
pjhhonda -5
Not funny and rather idiotic comment.
sparkie624
sparkie624 15
I look forward to seeing this, or another AN225, maybe they will update to current Avionics and call it an AN-225a
OccamsRazor
Ben Bosley 30
It's a national icon for them. It would be like if the Statue of Liberty got destroyed, we would rebuild it.
sparkie624
sparkie624 18
They almost can't afford not too... Not Rebuilding it would be a Victory to Russia!

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ADXbear
ADXbear 21
Yes of course. It's an aviation icon and represents Ukraine, I look for to seeing her.
LeanderWilliams
Leander Williams 6
No doubt they should rebuild the AN225. Then I will be able to in my lifetime have seen them both.
And the can name it mriya завершено. [dream completed]
Gentilo
Andrea Gentilini 5
I hope they will rebuild it, it's an iconic aircraft.
Masterpanda
Jawaralal Melvin 8
Ukr has a proud heritage in aircraft design and production. Russia wil have to pay for all damages. Lofus a sheguba.
kailangdewangyou12
o 艹 8
That's great! I hope an225 will come back to life soon! Looking forward to its return to the blue sky!
marcomurbach
Marco Murbach 2
Let’s hope that they can finish the second one. In my function as employee for the Swiss gouverment I had the chance to visit the first one at zurich airport.
MichaelDendo
Michael Dendo 5
Great ambition - so long as the US taxpayers aren't footing any portion of the bill.
redsquare44
redsquare44 3
Obama and the State Department sponsored a gay film festival in Russia in '13, so any anything's possible without taxpayers being the wiser.
achtungbaby
Jim Costello 1
I respect and would defend the views of those who wish to see that yet to be completed An-225 proudly flying in Ukraine livery but on a strict basis of the economies of scale I would bet my latest Charvet shirt off my back that Santa Claus will not be leaving all that cash in President Zelensky's stocking next Christmas to further his ambition.
achtungbaby
Jim Costello 1
Look all 'ye conoscenti' we all know about the smaller fleet of An-124s' but I admit not knowing Ukraine had a C5 look alike and yes wasn't it great that the destroyed An-225 was alone able to lift that electric generator from Germany to that Australian town which badly needed it urgently. My point is do we really want to encourage and promote Russian design in aviation? I'm for total support of Boeing and Airbus, leaders in aviation in the 'free world'. (remaining free because of their other 'defence products')
srobak
srobak 4
While the AN-225 is Soviet-era funded - it was Ukrainian designed and built - and literally has been/became that country's "Statue of Liberty". The only thing people related of that aircraft to Russia is the fact that it carried the Buran many years ago and that Russia destroyed it.
achtungbaby
Jim Costello 1
No, that is a heart over head approach. Uncle Sam could sell some of those well used C-5M Super Galaxies to Ukrine instead as the cost of maintenance and spare parts would make the operation of that unfinished An-225 prohibitive. Getting a certificate of airworthiness might prove elusive if not impossible.By the way there is still no such thing as 'a free lunch'.
lynx318
lynx318 8
Some loads will only fit in the AN225, that's why it existed.
andyc852
Andy Cruickshank 2
I recall years back that Caterpillar shipped some large bulldozers on the AN225 oddly enough exported to Russia
RECOR10
RECOR10 1
I remember that - did they not leave the area of Peoria IL @ the Cat factory?
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
They should have delivered them to/over Moscow from 41,000 feet!
srobak
srobak 5
They have their own copy of the C-5 - the AN-124, and plenty of them. What the US needs to do is start returning those C-5s to service, and I would go so far as to say start building them again.
LeanderWilliams
Leander Williams 4
Why would the US need to send C5's to the Ukraine when they already have the C5? It's called the AN124. There is not an aircraft in production in the world that can match the hauling capacity of the AN225. The closest competitor would be a freighter version of the A380. And I believe the A380 is never going to be retrofitted. The cost would probably be not far different than building a totally freighter airframe.
srobak
srobak 1
It's already happened - somewhat in one case, and is in process in another, courtesy of Lufthansa

https://www.aircargonews.net/airlines/a380-finally-lands-freighter-role-with-lht-modification/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTRuQ0MiIxs
Viperguy46
Jesse Carroll -4
Unless you are a Bemocrat!
Everything is free for them!
garritt
garritt 2
no...... only free to the poor & the billionaires..
HarrisonV
Harry Venison -5
It's better than being part of the Religious Alt Reich.
stevehum
steve humble -3
He just got a $40B handout so of course he does

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RECOR10
RECOR10 1
Dunno. While a waste of our money, they are the modern Vietnam. Plus, they SMARTLY gave guns to everyone with a pulse.
jcbleyer
Jimbo Bleyer -2
Incorrect. Ukraine doing just fine and the US is acting in its own best interest. The only thing that needs propping up is what’s left of your cranium.
jmilleratp
jmilleratp -5
"Best interest" = Shoveling out tens of billions for a proxy war against Russia. Pull your head out of your backside. If you can.
agervais2
Andre Gervais -4
WTF, I thought this was an Aviation site! What's with all the political crap? Wake up America, smell the Avgas!!
m4design
Andre Page 6
Some may have "smelled" a little too much??? ;-)
srobak
srobak 4
you do realize this is literally about the largest aircraft of all, right?
jmilleratp
jmilleratp -2
This site is close to becoming 4chan. No moderators or anything. Almost sounds like what Musk's version of twitter will be.
sparkie624
sparkie624 6
Everyone is a moderator... Note the Down votes makes it disappear at -10!
srobak
srobak 8
yes - free speech and everyone is allowed to have their opinion. how AWFUL!
RECOR10
RECOR10 -1
Poor baby. Did words hurt your wittle feewings? Who needs a safe space? I will send you a stuffed unicorn to soak in tears.
HarrisonV
Harry Venison -2
Yeah, I'm guessing you guys don't have a PS3. I'm guessing you're more of a wooden horse with a wig kind of family.
HarrisonV
Harry Venison -5
Because every change the Alt Reich gets they have to spew their hate, no matter the forum.
SmittySmithsonite
Name calling. The leftist's M.O..
llavador
Patrice LLavador -5
He wants to land on the Moon, and next year go to Mars.
srobak
srobak -1
that's elon musk, you twink

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srobak
srobak 2
riiiight... because that is what the soviet state has time, money or interest in doing.... sending keyboard warriors to "troll" an aviation discussion forum.

do you even listen to or read your words as you speak or write them?

or are you just in that camp of anyone whose opinion doesn't align with yours is a troll or foreign agent?

smmfh... lol
paultrubits
paul trubits 0
Actually that is what Russia along with China, North Korea and Iran are doing. See Kevin Keswick's post. How hard would it be to post comments about the usefulness of an An-225 and whether from an Aviation standpoint it should be rebuilt?
srobak
srobak 1
In doing that would accomplish what exactly for any of those three countries? Nothing. Exactly.
HarrisonV
Harry Venison 0
Blame Faux News. They feed them their daily fix of BS & lies. They live in fear of everyone coming to get them every day, can you imagine.
sparkie624
sparkie624 -2
language Please! Young eyes view these posts as well.
fireftr
Dale Ballok -4
They wouldn’t be in this predicament if some Einstein didn’t have the ability to foresee this huge, national icon as being a ripe target, and arrange for it to be moved!
srobak
srobak 8
We've been over this already, and repeatedly so. It landed on Feb 5 and was undergoing schedule C maintenance - and an engine had been removed. When tensions started ramping up - obviously people's priority was to start getting prepared at home, or getting their families to safety. Not an airplane.

Lives and families should never be trumped by an aircraft. No matter which one.
usarage
Arne Heins 4
And how would you genius have moved it? Carried on your back?
It wasn’t ready to fly, otherwise they would have evacuated it, as they did with other aircraft.
fireftr
Dale Ballok 2
The report was it was in need of a fourth engine, which someone suggested could have been swapped out with a dummy unit for weight balance. The report also stated someone in charge of maintenance logistics was fired over not trying to arrange to move it.
cpergiel
Chuck Pergiel 0
What do you mean? It has been flying all over.
Bratfalken
Jan Strömbäck 6
It was under maintenance, some of the engines where removed, just check the pictures that is all over the net. But humpty dumpy russian military can't aim straight and just had to destroy it, I bet they didn't even know what it was. Like the US military blowing up one of the few remaining Lamborghini LM002 that the "kids" thought was an Iraqian bad copy of a HuMVEE!
sgbelverta
sharon bias 1
Always wondered about that, since the Russian army began building up equipment and staff starting in March 2021. When did the plane start its maintenance cycle?
Bratfalken
Jan Strömbäck 2
It landed there on the 5th of February, so I guess they where well on their way to refurbish it on the 24th of February when Putin did the unthinkable.
fireftr
Dale Ballok 0
I don’t see the correlation between moving an airplane and what people are doing in their homes.

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RECOR10
RECOR10 -7
Why, we can call 46 and if he is conscious he can offer to send a check and then beat someone up...then ask for Metimucil. Seriously, WTF does your TDS have to do with a big plane? Seriously, it is a mental illness for about 50% of the US population (in general, symptomatic only to undereducated degenerates).
srobak
srobak -3
Yeah - Brando loves giving our money away.
fireftr
Dale Ballok -6
😂👍👌
trafficdevav
Andrew Vlasenko -9
It's just a words. Of course it's impossible. That aircraft was made in USSR. But now that "Dream"-"Mriya" is ruined and decommunized..
vitaliyalyoshin
VITALII ALOSHYN 12
srobak
srobak 1
flatly false information
llavador
Patrice LLavador -2
Absolutely right.

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Cleffer
Cleffer 7
You're correct to be vigilant about such things as it's hard to imagine Ukraine coming up with $800m for a single project with no assistance. However, it's very easy to point fingers regarding corruption. Perhaps we should start with our own government and clean up our backyard before pointing out the dog crap in our neighbors.
jimmcglynn1
Jim McGlynn 5
I think you are underestimating Ukraine's economy.
Last year, Ukraine produced about 33m tonnes of wheat, of which it exported about 20m tonnes, making it the sixth-largest exporter globally.6 May 2022
That's just one of the items they export, there are plenty more.
redsquare44
redsquare44 1
800M would be .5% of Ukraine's GDP. Sounds steep.
btweston
btweston 7
Uh… cool, Vlad. You’re, like, clever.
mattwestuk
Matt West 6
Care to elaborate as to how Times #1 person of the year is a crook? Seems quite the opposite to me given how well Ukraine is doing as pushing out Russia.

But, back to what this site is about, I think building a second one will show the world that Ukraine is rising from the ashes...literally.
SmittySmithsonite
Didn't Time Magazine feature Hitler as "Man of the year"?
srobak
srobak 4
Yeah - try counting how many times Time has put a crook or outright degenerate on the cover of their magazine over the last 10 years..... you and your family will run out of fingers and toes.
fireftr
Dale Ballok 0
And that statement has exactly what to do with a destroyed airplane???
srobak
srobak 2
about as much as the post I replied to does.... so.... yeah
jcbleyer
Jimbo Bleyer -2
Funny, I didn’t see your mother’s pic on the Time cover.
srobak
srobak 3
That's because she's been dead and gone for will over a decade, you inconsiderate asshole lobbing personal attacks.
ewrcap
David Beattie 2
Boy, the pot calling the kettle black. You’re the one who called the Canadian guy a “twink” because his name did not sound macho enough to you.
srobak
srobak 1
wow are you misguided. I could give a damn less where he is from or what nationality he is, what his name is (I actually didn't even read/notice the name) or how "macho" or not it sounds.

Apparently you hold repressed bigoted thoughts in thinking that word has any connotation for someone's nationality or machismo. That's pretty sad for you to be like that.

I simply was looking for a slightly nicer way to say the commenter I was replying to was being a fucking dumbass - but hey, I guess we will do it your way, instead.

Better?
RECOR10
RECOR10 2
More important things than a plane...seriously...maybe a grocery store would be a good start. Sewage plant?
ghstark
Greg S -1
Russia will be made to pay. That means a pay cut for you.
lynx318
lynx318 0

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mattwestuk
Matt West 10
OK “Vlad”. Putin needs to send you back to school so you know how to hide your obvious biases.
garritt
garritt 2
the village idiot told me that 4 days ago WOW !
lynx318
lynx318 3
Dude is just a troll.
kevinkeswick
Kevin Keswick -4
What most people don't realize is it wasn't Russia that destroyed the AN225 - it was Ukraine! In the early days of the war Russian forces took control of the Antonov airport. Ukraine shelled the airport to repel the Russian troops and in the process bombed the hangar the AN225 was in.

The AN-225 was the pride of the Soviet Union. Putin would never deliberately destroy such an iconic. You can blame Zelensky and the neo-Bolsheviks Victoria Nuland and Antony Blinkin who prodded him into war with Russia.
srobak
srobak 2
those bullet holes are not from artillery shells. there is actual footage from the combat on & around the field - which clearly shows commie soldiers firing indiscriminately in all directions, and using RPGs, grenade launchers, tanks and mobile rocket platforms wrecking the place. After it was obvious that it had been overrun and destroyed - yes, ukraine used artillery to push them back out.

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