Almost the world's largest aircraft, and a true symbol of what can be achieved in terms of aeronautical size. The Antonov An-225 Mriya was originally an aircraft built for political purposes, but today, this monster of an aircraft is now leading a charmed life in the cargo sector, proving itself a vital instrument for many organisations.
The Antonov An-225 was designed to airlift the Energia rocket's boosters and the Buran space shuttle for the Soviet space program. It was developed as a replacement for the Myasishchev VM-T. The An-225's original mission and objectives are almost identical to that of the United States' Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
To trace the 225, you need to go back to the early 1980's, during the height of the Cold War. With the advent of the Space Shuttle in the United States, essentially a new Space Race was started between the mutually antagonistic superpowers of the USA and the Soviet Union. The USSR desired their own reusable space vehicle that would work in simil