Unfinished AN 225 airplane lies hidden in Kyiv warehouse – CNN


Antonov, however, says finishing the build should be relatively simple.Growing private sector interest in space exploration, tourism and communications — and the prospect of heavy payloads in need of transportation — may yet decide the aircraft’s fate.”When there is a need to solve such a problem, there will be a demand for the completion of the second aircraft and the investors will appear,” says Gennadiy Silchenko, Antonov’s An-225 program director.Today, the second An-225 is about 70% completed. All the essential components of its superstructure have been manufactured, including the fuselage, wings, nose gear and tail.

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Surveying the giant jigsaw puzzle of airplane parts, Silchenko insists they could be quickly assembled should sufficient funding — between $250 million and $350 million — arrive.Once the investment is in, he says, the existing parts will be connected, the control panel developed and the horizontal stabilizer finished. Then the second An-225 would be ready for conquering the skies.Because it’s been kept in a state of conservation, Silchenko adds, the completed aircraft will be as-new, with no limitations on its capabilities.

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