The devastating loss of the first and only operational Antonov An-225 Mriya, the world’s largest aircraft, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, has shaken the aviation world. As the aviation community mourns the demise of this unparalleled marvel of engineering, attention turns to the enigmatic second An-225. A partially-constructed behemoth that never took to the […]
The world’s largest plane, the Antonov An-225, known as Mriya, which was nearly destroyed by Russian forces in February at the Antonov Airport in Hostomel, near Kyiv, will be rebuilt, according to the aircraft manufacturer. What happened to the Antonov An-225? Hostomel Airport (GML), located northwest of Kyiv, was quickly targeted by Russian forces during […]
The chances of a baby landing an airplane is higher than tires exploding on impact. It does make sense in expecting the tires to explode when an airplane touches the runway with the sheer amount of speed and momentum, but why don’t the tires burst like a balloon? Well, there are a lot of reasons […]
The Antonov 225 “Mriya” is the world’s biggest cargo plane that weighs around 285 tons when empty and is even bigger than the Airbus A380 airliner, the An-124, and the Boeing 747 Freighter. The sole purpose of the Myria is to carry cargo for large distances. It is powered by six Ivchenko Progress Lotarev D-18T […]
The sky is more complicated than you’ve ever thought. To a normal person, when they look up, all they see is the clear blue sky. But pilots, on the other hand, manage a complex ‘invisible infrastructure’ that allows them to operate safely in the sky. What are they?
We’ve all heard various myths, misconceptions, and conspiracy theories regarding the Devil’s Triangle. Do you believe in any of them? Personally I’ve always thought that there must be a rational reason for everything. But what makes the thought of travelling over the Bermuda Triangle so terrifying?
We already know what VFR stands for, visual flight rules, but what is Special VFR? First, let’s recap, visual flight rules (VFR) is a set of rules under which a pilot operates an aircraft in generally fair weather where the pilot can clearly see where the plane is going. Generally, the basic VFR minimums are, […]
Friday, the 13th of November 2020 was not the best day in history of the Volga-Dnepr Company. The 30 years old AN-124 with the registration RA-82042 has been prepared for a flight from Seoul to Vienna with a planned stop in Novosibirsk. After lining up on runway 25 and taking off from the airport Novosibirsk-Tolmachevo […]
Some airliners turn into military aircraft as well. This is the An-12 “Cub”, a military aircraft that had a version of a passenger airplane in the Soviet Union. Constructed simultaneously with the An-10 “the airliner” but with structural differences to allow military operations, one of them is a defensive tail gun. This airplane was Designed […]