Antonov AN-225 Dream with ShuttleItem#: HN-TAMC293
- Specialized Shuttle Transport
- Jet engine aircraft, four engine
- Handcrafted, hand-painted wooden construction
- Scale: 1/200th
- Operators: NASA
- Time in operation: 1980s
- Post-World War II era
- Manufacturers: Antonov/NPO Molniya
- Length: 16.5 inches
- Wingspan: 17.5 inches
In order to compete with the U.S. Space Shuttle program, the Soviets began their own reusable spacecraft program in 1974, under the name Buran. The program lasted a full 19 years before its cancellation in 1993. The Buran spacecraft never saw manned spaceflight, and completed only one orbital flight, on November 15, 1988.
While a very successful flight, the shuttle never flew again and was eventually destroyed in a 2002 hangar collapse. It is shown here carried on the back of the Antonov An-225, the largest fixed-wing aircraft in the world. Similar to the U.S. Shuttle/Boeing 747 arrangement, the An-225 was used to ferry Buran models around various sites in the Soviet Union. Despite the program's failure, the Buran project remains a popular topic among both spaceflight enthusiasts and current aerospace professionals.
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