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Why does An-225 have anhedral wings though it is a cargo aircraft?

What are the rationale behind this anhedral high mounted wing configuration? Is that usual for very large carge aircraft?
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How do tugs push back the Antonov 225?

How do tugs push back aircraft with 2 nose gears such as the Antonov 225?
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What are those bumps on top of the Antonov-225?

What are those bumps on top of the Antonov-225? What are they for? And how are they called?
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What are the spiky things on the back of the Antonov-225 vertical stabilizers?

On the Antonov-225's split vertical stabilizers, there is a 'spiked' structure pointing directly rearwards (as you can see below). What is the purpose of these two structures? source
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Why does the Antonov 225 needs 6 crew members?

Why does the Antonov 225 need 6 flight deck crew? What are they called and what do they do?
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What is the usage ratio of the An-225 Mriya?

Does anyone have data on how much time the An-225 (only one was produced; it is currently the largest aircraft in the world) spends flying/on missions and how much it waits for customers? This is a ...
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Why is the Antonov 225 (almost) always chocked at the third wheel?

Recently I was looking over pictures where the An-225 is parked (because that's a normal thing for a normal person to spend their time doing). I noticed that the chocks are almost always placed around ...
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Why does the Antonov AN-225 not have any winglets?

Winglets provide a lift boost that would be useful to a plane of this size. But the An-255 does not have any winglets. Why is it so?
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How can the Antonov AN 225 only have 2 nose wheels?

I was watching the video of the AN 225 unloading at Perth airport this weekend, and it suddenly occurred to me that there are about a zillion rear wheels on the aircraft, yet only 2 nose wheels? ...
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Why was the An-225 built when the VM-T Atlant already did the job?

The Soviet Buran program decided to use a carrier aircraft to move their orbiter and Energia tanks similarly to the American Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. However, the Soviet Union built two types to do ...
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Why the Antonov AN-225 has negative dihedral wings combined with a positive dihedral horizontal stabilizer?

I know the reason why it has negative dihedral wings, but I do not really know why it is combined with a positive dihedral horizontal stabilzer, which are the benefits this configuration provides?
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Could the An-225 use Trent 500 engines?

Currently, the Antonov An-225 Mriya is being produced with Progress D-18T engines, rated at 229 kN each. However, I've looked at the A340 and I love its Trent 500 engines. But the Trent 556, rated at ...
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How much bigger could you realistically make the Antonov 225? [duplicate]

The Antonov 225 is the largest cargo plane in the world. But how much bigger could you REALISTICALLY make it if money wasn't a problem? Could it be say twice as wide? Carry twice the weight? What ...
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Why do the B747 of NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircrafts (SCAs) need additional vertical stabilizer?

Here is picture of B747 SCA of NASA and the AN-225 SCA. There are additional vertical stabilizer in the tip of the elevator to the Boeing's, while the AN-225 is designed with the vertical stabilizer ...
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Why there are nearly no upper wing jetliners? [duplicate]

Whenever I look at the western airliners. All of their wings are always mounted on the lower part of the fuselage except the Dash 8 series which have turbo props. But the Soviet jetliners have their ...