A Look at the Antonov AN-225: Ukraine's Finest... | Airways Magazine: LONDON – Back in the 1980s Ukrainian aircraft manufacturer Antonov Design Bureau was tasked with producing an aircraft that could carry the Russian space shuttle, the Buran, for the Soviet Space Program.
The Antonov 225 Mriya – Mriya translating to the term ‘dream’ – was built for this task.
It was built to replace the Myasishchev VM-T which was a four engine T-Tailed aircraft built in 1981.
There was only ever two VM-T’s built and they operated from 1982 to 1989, to which from 1989, the Antonov 225 had become their replacement............Click above link for article
Antonov An-225 Mriya: Details