On March 25, after modernization, which lasted a year and a half, test flights of the world's largest transport aircraft An-225 Mriya began near Kiev.
According to available information, during the modernization, the aircraft received new avionics, and one of the engines was replaced.
For reference: An-225 developer - OKB im. O. K. Antonova. The first flight took place in December 1988. The aircraft was intended to transport the reusable spacecraft "Buran" to the launch site. An-225 "Mriya" exists in a single copy.
The giant aircraft has several world records, including the delivery of the heaviest cargo weighing 187.6 tons. It is capable of lifting up to almost 250 tons. The takeoff weight of the Mriya is 630 tons. The An-225 transported bulky cargo, for example, wind turbine blades, various heavy equipment and military supplies for the US Army.
The characteristic double tail unit and wings overhanging the fuselage with six turbojet engines are a peculiar combination of the design of the old Soviet school and modern innovations, which includes an automated control system, triple reserve hydraulics and a chassis consisting of 32 wheels. Loading is done through the reclining bow. The cargo hold capacity is over 14, 000 cubic meters. m.