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Piggy-back flight, Soviet-stlye. An Antonov An-225 cargo aircraft carrying the 'Buran' space shuttle during a test flight. The An-225, called "Mryia" (Ukrainian for 'dream'), is the world's largest aircraft, with a payload capacity of 200 tonnes. It was developed partly to support the 'Buran' shuttle programme, ferrying the shuttle from its reserve landing sites at Vladivostok (far east coast) and Simferopol (Crimea) to the launch site at Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The US Space Shuttle programme uses a modified Boeing 747 airliner for the same purpose.
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