The Antonov An-225 Mriya, or “Dream” in Ukrainian is gone, but not forgotten. An air charter company in London has released a moving tribute video of what appears to be the Mriya’s last commercial voyage before it was destroyed in a Russian attack.
The Antonov An-225 Mriya was destroyed at the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This beefy cargo carrier was loved by many and was well known as the largest cargo plane in the world. Charter company 26Aviation contracted the Mriya to transport 1,900 pounds of crucial COVID-19-related medical supplies from China to Denmark in February 2022, according to the Robb Report:
“We were lucky to get a front row seat on the side of the runway right where the plane took off,” 26Aviation representatives said. Robb Report.
“Although the flight was one of the most exciting charter flights we have ever flown, our tribute video is meant to celebrate the end of an icon who created memories for countless professionals and enthusiasts of the aviation during his 34 years of service.”
The charter company has made a tribute video from footage recorded during this last commercial flight:
The the damage caused by Russian forces to the Mriya in February was devastating especially to the former pilot who flew the mammoth plane and recorded its burnt shell. Fortunately, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has sworn to resurrect the plane in honor of the fighters who defended the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The project is expected to cost the war-torn country $800 million.
Originally designed to carry a Soviet space shuttle, the aircraft has set more than 120 world records, including the heaviest payload ever lifted. at 559,577 pounds. When certified in 2001, the Mriya broke the world record for the longest wingspan of any aircraft.