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Whoa, that's a big plane.
~ Noah Curtis marveling at the plane.

The Antonov An-500 (Ukrainian: Антонов Ан-500) was a fictional Ukrainian cargo plane that was based on the Antonov AN-225, commandeered by Yuri Karpov and piloted by Sasha Hoho and Gordon Silberman, who flew their group from Las Vegas to China in order to get to the Arks.


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Antonov-500 in Las Vegas

An-500 in Las Vegas

When the National Guard informed Las Vegas that the Yellowstone Ash Cloud was heading straight towards the city, Sasha went to find another plane so he can fly Yuri's family out of Vegas. He found the Antonov and told Yuri the airport's tower didn't let it take off and that he needed a co-pilot. After volunteering Gordon Silberman for being a co-pilot, Jackson and Yuri's groups ran to the Antonov 500. While Jackson, Kate, Noah, Lilly, Yuri, Tamara, Alec and Oleg buckle up for takeoff, Sasha and Gordon get prepared to fly the plane before the ash cloud engulfs them. Taking off, the plane manages to escape, avoiding collapsing buildings and falling into the Earth's crust.

During their flight, Sasha and Gordon prepared to refuel in Hawaii as they did not have enough fuel, but the islands were engulfed in lava and Sasha decided that they were going to make a water landing in the South China Sea.


As the Antonov continued to lose fuel, everyone on board prepares for a water landing, but since the Earth's crust shifted by more than a thousand miles, Asia is now where the Pacific Ocean was, arriving in Cho Ming Valley. With Sasha still piloting the plane, he ordered Jackson and Yuri to take one of the cars with everyone so they can get out before the plane touches down. They escape, while Sasha stays to try and touch the plane down. It ends up stopping right at the edge of a cliff, which breaks under the weight and crashes in a fiery explosion.


  • There are ten Luxury Sports Cars that was stored inside the An-500 (2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, 2006 Bentley Continental GTC, 2000 Ferrari 360 Spider, 2005 Ferrari F430, 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, 2005 Lotus Elise, 2008 Maserati Quattroporte V, 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster, and 2004 Porsche Carrera GT)
  • The aircraft is based on the real-life Antonov An-225 Mriya and is shown to share the same design.
    • The real-life Antonov An-225 was destroyed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
    • Although based on the An-225, the plane is depicted with a cargo door at the back aside from its nose door in the front.
  • Despite being out of fuel, the plane still manages to explode in a massive fireball.
  • While Antonov is a real aircraft manufacturing company, the "Antonov 500" does not exist.
  • Although Yuri states that the plane is Russian, the Antonov company is actually Ukrainian.
  • Its founder, Oleg Antonov, was of Russian heritage.