The Enormous Antonov An-225 Mriya Flies Again in Microsoft Flight Simulator

The Enormous Antonov An-225 Mriya Flies Again in Microsoft Flight Simulator

The world’s largest aeroplane, the Antonov An225 Mriya, was born in the Soviet Union in 1988. It measured 83.82 m long and weighed nearly 190,509 kg, designed to piggyback the USSR’s Buran space shuttle much the same way NASA plopped its shuttles on top of a modified 747. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, the world’s only Mriya was used for heavy air transport all around the world. It was destroyed last year, a casualty of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But now, it flies again — in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

As Luke Plucknett over at Kotaku first reported, Antonov confirms that it has worked with Microsoft as well as digital airframe modders IniBuilds to allow the enormous Mriya to fly again in digital form.

The Mriya’s numbers are truly astounding. It was designed to take off at a maximum weight of 705 tons — just over 1.4 million pounds. It’s not only the longest aeroplane ever built, it boasts the broadest wingspan at 88.39 m — nearly end zone to end zone on an American football field. It could carry just over 374,756 l of fuel. With six jet engines, it could reach a maximum speed of 853 km/h, and could cruise nearly 16,093 km, though that range would drop significantly depending on how much cargo was stuffed inside.

Before its untimely demise, the Mriya flew a final mission delivering COVID test kits from China to Denmark. It was prepared for evacuation out of Ukraine on February 24th, but it never made it. Russian forces attacked Antonov Airport, and the Mriya was destroyed.

But it lives on in Flight Simulator. And as IniBuilds points out, you can get behind the stick for just $US20 ($28), with proceeds going to “Antonov/Ukraine” as IniBuilds puts it.

The Cheapest NBN 50 Plans

It’s the most popular NBN speed in Australia for a reason. Here are the cheapest plans available.

At Gizmodo, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. We have affiliate and advertising partnerships, which means we may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. BTW – prices are accurate and items in stock at the time of posting.