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RIP the AN-225

Started by Weaver, March 04, 2022, 02:24:30 AM

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Weaver

It's been rumoured ever since the Russian airborne attack on Hostomel Airport, but it's now been confirmed with pictures: the An-225 Mriya was destroyed in the fighting:




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zenrat

Shame.

That's one heck of a big shelter.
Fred

- Can't be bothered to do the proper research and get it right.

Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

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PR19_Kit

And that gained the Russians precisely what?  :banghead: :banghead:

I'm glad to have seen its monster shape looming over the Black Sheds at Farnborough when it flew in there.

Wasn't there another part completed airframe as well? But that was probably at the same Antonov owned airfield.
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scooter

Quote from: PR19_Kit on March 04, 2022, 02:41:13 AM
And that gained the Russians precisely what?  :banghead: :banghead:

The ability for Ukraine to earn tax revenue through industrial heavy lift and international good will through humanitarian heavy lift
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Here's some pics of her in better days.
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Fred

- Can't be bothered to do the proper research and get it right.

Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

zenrat industries:  We're everywhere...for your convenience..

Weaver

Quote from: PR19_Kit on March 04, 2022, 02:41:13 AM
And that gained the Russians precisely what?  :banghead: :banghead:

I'm glad to have seen its monster shape looming over the Black Sheds at Farnborough when it flew in there.

Wasn't there another part completed airframe as well? But that was probably at the same Antonov owned airfield.

AFAIK there's no detail on who did it or in what context. It may have simply been caught in an artillery barrage, or there may have been troops of one side or the other immediately outside the hangar, in which case it might have been impossible to avoid hitting it whilst engaging them.
"We thank you, but this diversion is not true. Things never happened thus."

"Oh, but it IS true. Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are
the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot."

- Sandman: A Midsummer Night's Dream, by Neil Gaiman

sandiego89

Quote from: PR19_Kit on March 04, 2022, 02:41:13 AM

Wasn't there another part completed airframe as well? But that was probably at the same Antonov owned airfield.

Yes, the partially built second one is in the big hangar just to the South a few hundred meters.  Basic fuselage complete.  Have not heard any reports on that one.   
Dave "Sandiego89"
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

PR19_Kit

The reports say it was bombed, but the poor thing is TOTALLY wrecked inside a very slightly damaged hangar, with only a few holes in the roof.

Did the 'bombs' land sideways?
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Regards
Kit

scooter

Quote from: PR19_Kit on March 04, 2022, 12:05:31 PM
The reports say it was bombed, but the poor thing is TOTALLY wrecked inside a very slightly damaged hangar, with only a few holes in the roof.

Did the 'bombs' land sideways?

Precision guided glide bombs do.
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kitnut617

In the foreground of one picture there, looks like an unexploded shell -----  :-\
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Hobbes

Quote from: PR19_Kit on March 04, 2022, 12:05:31 PM
The reports say it was bombed, but the poor thing is TOTALLY wrecked inside a very slightly damaged hangar, with only a few holes in the roof.

Did the 'bombs' land sideways?

Bombs tend to be set up so they punch through thin metal (like a hangar roof) and explode inside.

Weaver

I saw some footage of a Ukrainian Su-24 dropping iron bombs at very low level and high speed, allegdly over Hostomel. I think they'd have hit the ground at less than 30 deg, so, depending on the fuzing, they could well have gone in through the front of that hangar.
"We thank you, but this diversion is not true. Things never happened thus."

"Oh, but it IS true. Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are
the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgot."

- Sandman: A Midsummer Night's Dream, by Neil Gaiman

kerick

Nice shot of the unexploded artillery shell in the fore ground. Makes me think it got caught in an artillery strike. Stupid thing to do by the Russians.
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Old Wombat

Quote from: kerick on March 04, 2022, 05:25:08 PM
Nice shot of the unexploded artillery shell in the fore ground. Makes me think it got caught in an artillery strike. Stupid thing to do by the Russians.


Right now, everything the Russians do is stupid! :banghead:

Right now, everything the rest of the world doesn't do is stupid! :banghead: :banghead:


I've been watching Putin &, after a week of the Ukrainian invasion not achieving much & worrying whether NATO might react to some act, you could see the stress & anxiety building in him.

Now, at day 10 (11?) & the world doing nothing of any real consequence, you can see his confidence growing again & in a couple/few months you can say goodbye to the Baltic states, as Putin forces a direct link to Kalingrad by expanding Greater Russia.
Has a life outside of What-If & wishes it would stop interfering!

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McColm

I thought that the Chinese were building the An-225 and An-124s.