Ukrainians remove surviving parts of Antonov An-225 Mriya destroyed at Gostomel airport in February 2022


In Gostomel, technicians of the Ukrainian company Antonov are removing the surviving parts from the remains of the unique 6-engine An-225 Mriya aircraft. This world's largest transport aircraft was destroyed at Gostomel airport in the first days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine which failed to capture Kyiv and other intended targets. However, some spare parts of the aircraft survived. Therefore, it has been decided to remove them in view of later building a new similar aircraft: the Antonov company earlier announced the start of design work for the construction in the future of a new large transport aircraft of the Mriya type.

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Ukrainians remove surviving parts of Antonov An 224 Mriya destroyed at Gostomel airport in February 2022 1   The An-225 Mryia destroyed in Gostomel Airport (Picture source: via topwar.ru)


Interestingly, the Kyiv regime also found the "culprit" of the destruction of the Mriya aircraft: the former general director of Antonov, Sergei Bychkov, had not taken the plane out of Gostomel, despite the relevant recommendations of the Ukrainian security forces. As a result of the Russian strike on the airport, the aircraft was destroyed. Bychkov is now on trial for his negligence, according to the Ukrainian authorities.

True, it is not very clear how the Ukrainian company is going to use the new aircraft, if it is nevertheless built. After all, air communication in combat conditions remains risky. Therefore, it can be assumed that parts from the Mriya will be sold or given for study to Western experts in the field of aircraft construction.

Let us recall that an individual evoked, a few months ago, his intention to fund the achievement of the second copy of the An-225 that was never completed.


Ukrainians remove surviving parts of Antonov An 224 Mriya destroyed at Gostomel airport in February 2022 2 The Ukrainian Antonov An-225 Mriya registered UR-82060 was the largest aircraft in the world (Picture source: Myroslav Kaplun)