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21255 No. 21255 ID: d4c8ee
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/an-225-revival-proposed-in-new-antonov-china-pact-428949/

>Ukrainian aircraft designer Antonov has agreed to cooperate with a Hong Kong-based Chinese company, intending first to revive production of a partially-assembled An-225 freighter and then restore the series production.

>The agreement with Airspace Corporation of China signed on 30 August breathes life into the Soviet-era manufacturing programme for the world’s largest aircraft, which has remained dormant for 22 years.

>In the late-1980s, Antonov completed the first six-engined An-225 by stretching the fuselage of the four-engined An-124, lengthening the wing and adding a split tail. The aircraft was designed to carry a payload up to 225,000kg payload either internally or externally. In particular, the An-225 was needed to carry the Buran, the Soviet space shuttle.

>The collapse of the Soviet Union led to the cancellation of the space shuttle programme. The first An-225 was moved into storage for several years, while a second An-225, which is designed with a single, straight tail, was left uncompleted inside Antonov’s factory complex in Kiev.

>The new agreement begins discussions to allow Airspace Corporation of China and Antonov to resume assembly of the second An-225 in phase one. A follow-on second phase would restart series production of the heavy airlifter in China under license, Antonov says. Both phases would be initiated after the signing of separate contracts.
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>> No. 21260 ID: 9dcda2
  >>21255
Five engines is fine too.

Qantas Airlines: The Fifth Pod: A Behind the Scenes Look
>> No. 21261 ID: 9dcda2
  Wow Qantas has some great videos.

Qantas and GoPro: Day in the life of a plane
>> No. 21262 ID: 9dcda2
  Our Aircraft Engineers | QANTAS

AME - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, similar to our A&Ps. Canada and other UK derived maintenance, I believe, have stricter certification standards. While American A&Ps can work on everything from a hot air balloon (airframe rating) to the space shuttle, AMEs have to be certified on the type of aircraft they will be working on. (Props, jets, helos.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aircraft_Maintenance_Engineer
>> No. 21264 ID: 7e827c
>>21255
I worked at an airport for UPS and got to see one of these in person. I wish I got to see it closer, but it was mind-bendingly large.
>> No. 21482 ID: bb86e7
I got to see a An-124 in flight, (donor design for the 225) and that thing was so large it seemed to just hang there in the sky while on landing approach.
>> No. 21483 ID: bb86e7
What the heck do they plan on hauling that makes this necessary instead of something smaller?
>> No. 21485 ID: cca113
>>21483
The existing one gets used a lot for outsize cargo (and occasionally as a flying RO/RO ferry, from what I'm seeing on Google Images). A lot of it tends to be industrial parts, especially power-generating equipment like gas turbines and transformers, to places where land/sea transport would be impossible or prohibitively expensive.
>> No. 21489 ID: d4c8ee
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21489
>>21485
Also sometimes you need to move around a ancient Ethiopian obelisk.


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