Sunday, October 02, 2011
The Americans used a 747 to transport their shuttles. They chose the 747 over the C-5 because the Air Force controlled the C-5 fleet and NASA wanted to own the shuttle transport plane outright. The Soviets had no such considerations. They used their Antonov An-225 heavy lift cargo plane to transport their shuttles.
The pictures are from the Retronaut post USSR Shuttle Transporter Plane, Antonov An-225, 1980s. There are 3 other pictures after the jump, and of course many more at the Retronaut link.