The Antonov An-225 Mriya (Dream) was a strategic airlift cargo aircraft designed in the 1980s by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. It was designed to airlift the Energia rocket’s boosters and the Buran-class orbiters for the MAKC (Multipurpose Aerospace System) space program,and only one example was ever completed. After successfully fulfilling its military missions,the aircraft was mothballed for eight years. It was then refurbished and reintroduced into commercial operation with Antonov Airlines since 3 January 2002, until 24 February 2022,carrying oversized payloads.
The airlifter holds the absolute world record for an airlifted single-item payload of 189,980 kg (418,830 lb), and an airlifted total payload of 253,820 kg (559,580 lb).It also transported a payload of 247,000 kg (545,000 lb) on a commercial flight.Only one aircraft was completed and it flew commercially.
The loads carried on the back of the aircraft are:
– Buran orbiter,
– MAKC-OS Version with the orbital plane and the external fuel tank (Molniya),
– External Tank,carried liquid oxygen,kerosene, and liquid hydrogen propellants,
– MAKC-T,Russian winged orbital launch vehicle.All cargo version of MAKS.Air-launched would use an expendable second stage with a payload container,
– British Aerospace HOTOL (Horizontal Take-Off and Landing),unmanned,fully reusable single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) winged spaceplane.
These objects are included in the Exterior Payload selection options in this add-on.
The plane and its systems are reconstructed on the basis of Antonov’s documentation.Operation of the aircraft’s systems is also based on Antonov’s documentation for this aircraft systems can be started manually– for hardcore virtual-pilots as reading the manual is required in this mode 😉 ,however,systems can also be turned on in automatic mode-for people who just want to fly the largest plane in the world- just press SHIFT+1 and turn on/off selected systems (electrics,engines,etc.),or turn everything on and fly ;-).
Note for fans of “flexible wings” – this plane has very stiff and thick wings that do not swinglike a pigeon or B787, but float at the right speed on the ground during take-off ;-).
The aircraft cockpit can be switched between Russian-default (metric units-meters,kilometers) and English-
fully translated (imperial units-feet,inches) with one click in the Configorator (SHIFT+1).
In this package Antonov An-225 Mriya in two painting schemes:
-Russian painting scheme,
-Ukrainian painting scheme,
Advanced simulation of avionics systems.
High quality 4k-textures (contains PBR materials).
High quality 3D cockpit with 4k-textures (no 2D cockpit).
Exterior Model and Virtual Cockpit are very detailed and animated (around 500 thousand vertices).
Ilustrated user manual in pdf format (in …SimObjectsAirplanesAntonov AN-225 folder).
High quality soundset.
All gauges are based on real ones.