Should we save the Ukrainian jumbo jet “Mriya”?

The gigantic Antonov An-225, baptized “Mriya” (“dream” in Ukrainian), had been “created for the space program” Soviet in the 1980s, recalls on its website the television channel Souspilné : “After the dismantling of I’USSR […], the Mryia remained in a hangar, until, in the early 2000s, the Antonov aeronautical company refitted it as a transport aircraft. In his lifetime, Mriya has set at least 240 world records.”

The giant is dead

With a length of 84 m and a wingspan of 88.4 m, capable of carrying 250 tonnes of cargo and flying at a maximum speed of 850 km/h, “the Mriya was based at Hostomel, like the majority of Antonov company aircraft”. On February 24, “The airport was one of the first targeted by the Russians. The first cruise missile fell there at 6:30 a.m..” An eyewitness says:

“From my position, we could clearly see the h

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