Here is a Stunning video of Antonov An-225 Mriya RC Scale Model launching a Buran Space Shuttle
In the video, you’ll see a gigantic Rc version of the world’s biggest plane. Possibly the only one of its kind as well, they also decided to strap Buran on top for a mid-flight release to make it even more spectacular.
Things didn’t go as planned however and this fine piece of work could have ended up in a ball of fire. Check it out to see what happened.
Antonov An-225 Myra is the largest plane in the world. The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the heaviest aircraft ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes.
It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service. There’s only one flying right now but negotiations are underway to build more. Its primary purpose is to airlift the Russian space shuttle Buran, which is why this Rc video features exactly that.
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The Airlifter holds the absolute world records for an airlifted single item payload of 189,980 kilograms, and an airlifted total payload of 253,820 kg. It has also transported a payload of 247,000 kg on a commercial flight
Based on Antonov’s earlier An-124, the An-225 has fuselage barrel extensions added fore and aft of the wings. The wings also received root extensions to increase span.
Two more Progress D-18T turbofan engines were added to the new wing roots, bringing the total to six. An increased-capacity landing gear system with 32 wheels was designed, some of which are steerable, enabling the aircraft to turn within a 60 m-wide (200 ft) runway. three of six Ivchenko Progress D-18T turbofan engines on the An-225
Initially the An-225 had a maximum gross weight of 600 t (660 short tons; 590 long tons), but from 2000 to 2001 the aircraft underwent modifications at a cost of US$20M such as the addition of a reinforced floor, which increased the maximum gross weight to 640 t (710 short tons; 630 long tons).