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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=26527
Submitted by: SacrifRICE
Comments: 35  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 3  (View)
Submitted on: 08-20-2003
View Stats Category: Vehicle Misc
The Antonov AN-225 Mriya (world's largest aircraft) carrying the Russian Space Shuttle Buran landing at the Paris Air show. Without a doubt, this is the heaviest touchdown in aviation history. I don't know what the total landing weight is, but the Mriya itself has a maximum take-off weight of over 1.3 million pounds, whilst a Boeing 747-400ERF, the next closest, has a MTOW of 910,000 pounds.


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8-20-2003 @ 11:36:07 AM
Posted By : fordtacomaz Reply | Edit | Del
thats pretty damn heavy

8-20-2003 @ 12:38:33 PM
Posted By : stang392 Reply | Edit | Del
bad ass plane, bad ass shuttle, nuff said

8-20-2003 @ 01:22:08 PM
Posted By : Jurrell Reply | Edit | Del
#2, You commie lover!!!

8-20-2003 @ 01:33:11 PM
Posted By : SacrifRICE Reply | Edit | Del
The Buran space shuttle made one unmanned flight in 1988 that went perfectly, with the autopilot landing the shuttle in a 30-knot crosswind, but financial problems kept it and its sister ship, Ptichka, grounded, along with other prototypes. This shuttle is in storage, one prototype was turned into a restaurant in Moscow, and another one has been unsuccessfully auctioned with a starting bid of only 6 million dollars. However, reviewing the loss of fourteen astronaut lives, it's hard to say if the American Space Shuttle can really claim to be that much more successful.

8-20-2003 @ 03:40:09 PM
Posted By : stang392 Reply | Edit | Del
#4, the was a pic posted with a link to a site the compared the two, and when you look at the Buran, ours are junk

8-20-2003 @ 03:51:29 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#4, Yeah, I read a comparo between the CCCP Buran and the USA Orbiter.

The Buran is definitely the better of the two, better design, better engineered.

Maybe NASA and the US Government shoulda gotten off their high-horse and incorporated many of the features of the failed Soviet program into ours.

8-20-2003 @ 04:00:31 PM
Posted By : stang392 Reply | Edit | Del
#6, or as i said on that page, bought the soviet ones. i'm sure they could have got them cheap (atleast cheap compared to building all new shuttles).

8-20-2003 @ 04:06:14 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#7, That coulda been an option... and the Buran program failed right about the time of the fall of the Soviet Union...it might have been a nice "goodwill" motion by our government to buy out the program from the Soviets, to kinda help them out financially...

8-20-2003 @ 04:32:56 PM
Posted By : stang392 Reply | Edit | Del
#8, hell it would have still been a big help to them even now.

8-20-2003 @ 05:05:22 PM
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8-20-2003 @ 05:44:46 PM
Posted By : SacrifRICE Reply | Edit | Del
16 main wheel bogies with 2 wheels each makes 32 main landing gear (they all retract sideways in a big "wave," it's amazing), plus four nose wheels = 36 wheels total.

8-20-2003 @ 05:46:30 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
*Trying to imagine this thing crashing into a residential neighborhood somewhere*

8-20-2003 @ 05:52:40 PM
Posted By : Dadol21 Reply | Edit | Del
That thing is probly a big reason the Soviet Union was poor as hell.

8-20-2003 @ 05:54:45 PM
Posted By : SacrifRICE Reply | Edit | Del
Well, if a fully loaded Boeing 767-200 (The W.T.C. killer) has a MTOW of 300,000 lbs, and this one 1.3 million lbs., hmm...this carries the mass of over FOUR fully loaded 767's. I don't even want to imagine what the fuel capacity is.

8-20-2003 @ 05:56:27 PM
Posted By : Obsidian Reply | Edit | Del
with a plane that big - intimidation is half the fun!

8-20-2003 @ 05:59:55 PM
Posted By : ambientFLIER Reply | Edit | Del
#14 fuel? i think it flies on vodka ;p

8-20-2003 @ 06:01:02 PM
Posted By : stang392 Reply | Edit | Del
#13, i'm sure. you figure this thing is way more advance then ours, and they were trying to build 6 IIRC of them, plus all new surport systems.

8-21-2003 @ 08:26:57 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
I think it's pretty much common knowledge that the reason we won the Cold War is because we outspent them. We forced them to spend themselves into oblivion.

11-12-2003 @ 12:34:09 AM
Posted By : MxCx Reply | Edit | Del
This is pretty stinkin cool. but shouldnt it be under Other Vehicle instead of Vehicle Misc?

11-12-2003 @ 12:47:19 AM
Posted By : ambientFLIER Reply | Edit | Del
i love the tail

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