May 20, 2022
Antonov An-225 Mriya (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-225 Мрия; Mriya means "Dream") was a cargo plane and also the largest plane in the world. Made in the Soviet Union, in today's Ukraine. Created on the basis of a slightly smaller Antonov An-124 Ruslan. Originally developed for the needs of the Soviet space program, primarily for the transport of the orbiter of the space shuttle Buran, which was transported attached in a special groove on the "back" of this aircraft. It has been used in commercial freight traffic since 2001. The first flight was made on December 21, 1988, and only one copy has been made to date, although it is planned to complete the second long-launched An-225 by the end of 2008. It was destroyed in its hangar on February 27, 2022, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.