Zelensky Wants To Build Second An-225

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky says he wants to see a partially built An-225 finished to replace the one destroyed in fighting in Hostomel early in the war with Russia. It will cost about $800 million to finish the second aircraft, which has been stored in good condition since getting to about 70 percent complete in 1994. In a speech to students, Zelensky suggested the country can’t afford to not build the aircraft. “But in this case, it’s not a matter of money, it’s a matter of ambition,” he told the students. “This is a question of the image of our country and all the excellent professional pilots who died in this war.”

Zelensky didn’t offer any details on how Ukraine would come up with the money but presumably it’s a post-war project aimed at boosting national pride and honoring the pilots who have served in the war. “How many pilots gave their lives to bring everything there, from weapons to water. And how many wounded they took from there,” he said. “A large number of these people died heroically. To build a MRIYA for the sake of the memory of heroes is the right state position.”

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  1. Wasn’t there talk of this some years ago? The second airframe was apparently stored a whole lot better than the Buran. Cameron G, maybe, of course, but I suspect Zelensky is less cynical than we’re used to. Especially right now.

  2. A war can change a nations priorities with fresh ideas for its future survival. He’s seeking to inspire the students and others of his country “To build a MRIYA for the sake of the memory of heroes is the right state position.”

    Zelensky is trying to cover all aspects of their immensely challenging post-war recovery, with this effort being just one. He’s an inspiration as a leader in my book, for his country, in their time. The aircraft is merely a tool to inspire the citizens to keep focused after such a destructive period in their lives, and when completed, will inspire the world.

    Besides, Musk or Bezos could finance the completion from financial rounding errors,…you boys listening?

    The money needed is a rounding error to Musk or Bezos; maybe they’re listening.

  3. Well Bezos sure can, after all the money he makes from those terrible cloths he sells me he should do something good for the rest of us. Building an icon of aviation is not a bad way of doing it.
    And while at it donate to me a new Eclipse jet I sure can use it in my air charter business.