The former commander of the An-225 “Mriya” Dmitry Antonov finally got to Hostomel, liberated from Russian invaders. For the first time since the beginning of the war, he saw his plane and other planes at the Antonov International Airport. The picture is terrible, especially for those who are fond of aviation.
You can see the full video of Antonov below. Let’s see what planes survived and in what condition they are.
Auxiliary multipurpose transport An-74 – destroyed. Not subject to recovery.
The world’s only light transport An-132D, a modification of the An-32, developed with the Saudi Taqnia Aeronautics – wing damage, numerous bullet damage to the fuselage, engine, propeller. Recovery is in doubt.
The only in Ukraine turboprop wide-body An-22A “Antey”, a legendary transporter that seemed almost intact in the video from the drones – damage to the chassis gondola, fuselage. It is possible to restore the state of the museum exhibit, “Antey” will no longer fly.
Quite massive at the time, but already old tactical military transport An-12 – damage to the center plane. Recovery is unlikely. Except as a museum piece.
The turboprop military transport An-26, which was used as an auxiliary for the An-225 “Mriya”, was destroyed. Not recoverable.
One of the 7 large-body An-124 “Ruslan”, An-124-100M-150, which was under overhaul – numerous bullet damage, significant damage to the fuselage skin, especially in the tail. Recovery is possible.
The regional jet passenger An-148 is probably intact.
Light twin-engine turboprop passenger An-28 – bullet damage. Recovery is likely possible.
Finally, the An-225 “Mriya” is the world’s largest and most powerful transport aircraft. Unique and inimitable. The plane destroyed, it will not be possible to restore it. It is possible to use some chassis struts, one wing (and it’s unlikely), and maybe 4 of the 6 engines. To restore or create a new “Mriya” you need to pre-restore unique production, which is unlikely. Unfortunately, it’s likely this plane is won’t fly again.
We hope that after the victory, the “Antonov” plant will create new aircraft, and maybe one of them will one day break all An-225 records. “Mriya” will remain in our memory as a symbol. The Russians killed the plane, but they will not kill the dreams of the Ukrainians!