Soviet-era space shuttle carrier aircraft destroyed in Russian attack on Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has destroyed a “large” part of its own space history, with reports now confirming the fate of an enormous aircraft that was originally built to transport Soviet space shuttles.

Once the world’s largest flying machine by both wingspan and weight, the Antonov An-225 “Mriya” (“Dream”) was parked in an open-air hangar undergoing repairs at Hostomel (or Gostomel) airport, located to the northwest of Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv, when Russia launched its attack against the country on Thursday (Feb. 24).