RUSSIA: CARGO PLANES
Mike Sullivan sends some data on the Russian An-225 airplane:
Jim Tent writes: The recent exchanges about technology and nation states, centering on the huge Russian heavy-lift cargo aircraft, should serve as a reminder. No single nation has ever held a monopoly on intelligence, creativity, or determination. Aviation developments illustrate the point. The Wright Brothers invented modern flight, then lost their advantage by ca. 1911 or 1912. Thereafter the Europeans took over in advanced designs, a lead that lasted into the 1930s. Emigre professors of aeronautical engineering and design invigorated programs at Cal Tech and MIT, and Americans began to pull abreast. Even so, WWII ended with the German Air Force in possession of the best jet fighters, the only jet bomber, and the only rocket-propelled interceptor in existence. In Korea, the MIG-15 outpaced US designs until the advent of the F-86. The rest of the Cold War saw a neck and neck race. Expatriate Dietrich Kuechemann designed the Concorde. Airbus Industrie now has the A-380. Many American designs have been brilliant and pioneering. However, anyone who assumes that talent in this admittedly narrow field is confined to one nation is "whistling in the wind" so to speak.Ross Rogers, Jr. writes: Please ask Cameron Sawyer about the two huge Russian heavy lift cargo planes, the Anitonov An 125 ( 2nd largest in the world) and her big sister, the An 225 Cossack (argest in the world). One of the two An 225s was at the Paris air show a few years ago. the fleet of An 125 heavy lift cargo planes had been booked and managed ? by British cargo brokers. It was a An 125 which brought the shot down US spy plane from the Chinese Hainan baack to Georgia via Hawaii, fuselage in one piece. This, of course, received near zero US media coverage This plane has a payload of 120 tons. The An 225 was designed to carry components of the Russian Buran space program.