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Myasischev VM-T Atlant

Myasischev VM-T Atlant

Myasischev VM-T Atlant

Myasischev VM-T Atlant

Myasischev VM-T Atlant

Myasischev VM-T Atlant

Myasischev VM-T Atlant


The Myasischev VM-T Atlant was a modified Myasischev 3M 'Bison' bomber which was specially designed to carry large external loads on its back.

Built for the Soviet Air Force, and first flown in 1981, the VM-T Atlant was the Soviet answer to NASA's modified Boeing 747 shuttle carrier.

The Myasischev VM-T Atlant had a redesigned v-shaped tail section and an array of external mounting points to accept different sized loads. In addition, a new control system was added to the aircraft to compensate for the additional weight.

The Myasischev VM-T Atlant could carry up to 40 tons, and they were used to transport items like rocket launcher components, the Buran space shuttle, and rocket fuel tanks. A large cargo container, placed on top of the aircraft, would usually contain the freight.

Three Myasischev VM-T Atlants were constructed, however one was just a static test model.

The Atlants were eventually replaced by the gargantuan Anotov An-225 Mriya - which has the advantage of a large internal cargo space, as well as exterior mounting points.

Both Atlants still exist. One is kept at the Zhukovsky airfield in Russia, the other is at Dyagilevo Air Force Base in Ryazan.


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