Top 10 Biggest Airplanes Of All Time

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The airplane’s come a long way since Orville and Wilbur Wright invented the first successful

airplane in 1903. Today’s airplanes remain a convenient method of travel and keep getting larger while still staying fast and always covering longer distances in flight. The Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft expected to launch in 2016 will be the world’s largest plane when completed. For now, what behemoths of flight are the largest and what’s their function? Here’re the top 10 biggest airplanes of all time.

10. Airbus A300-600F

Airbus A300-600F

The A300-600F jetliner can carry a payload of 48.1 tons  on its main deck and underfloor holds. Its range is more than 4,000 nautical miles, making it the ideal freighter to carry cargo on routes in all of the world’s principal economic regions. Its length is 177.5 feet and its height is 54.1 feet. Its wingspan is 147.1 feet

9. Tupolev ANT-20

Tupolev ANT-20

The Tupolev ANT-20 Maxim Gorky, a Soviet eight-engine aircraft, had a wingspan similar to a modern Boeing 747. German engineer Hugo Junkers designed it out of all metal during World War I. It’s the largest known to use Junkers’ method of using corrugated sheet metal for many of the airframe’s major components. The plane was dedicated to the 40th anniversary of Russian writer Maxim Gorky’s literary and public activities. It had a wingspan of more than 206 feet and a length of more than 107 feet. The ANT-20, a propaganda vehicle used during Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin’s rule, crashed in 1935 killing 45 people including both pilots and 33 passengers. 

8. Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter

Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter

The Boeing 747 Dreamlifter, a wide-body cargo aircraft, is one of the biggest airplanes of all time. An airplane that big needs the world’s longest cargo loader to load it. The Dreamlifter carries 747 aircraft parts to Boeing’s assembly plants. Its 65,000 cubic feet cargo hold is the world’s largest, capable of carrying three times as much volume as a 747-400F freighter. Its length is about 235 feet and its height about 70 feet. Its wingspan is 211 feet

7. Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is one of the largest military airplanes in the world and the United States Air Force’s only strategic airlifter. It can carry six Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles or up to five helicopters, twice as much cargo as any other airlifter. It is 247.8 feet long, 65.1 feet high, and has a wingspan of 222.8 feet. It can carry up to 285,000 pounds and flies at about Mach 0.77. The C-5 has been in operation since 1970 and has supported U.S. military operations in all major conflicts including Vietnam, Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. It’s also distributed humanitarian and disaster relief. 

6. Boeing 747-8

747-8 First Flight Everett WA

The wide-body jet airliner Boeing 747-8 takes many firsts. Along with being one of the biggest airplanes in the world, it’s the largest commercial aircraft built in the United States and the world’s longest passenger aircraft.

There are two versions of the 747-8, one that carries passengers and another that carries cargo. the passenger version can carry up to 605 passengers while the cargo version can carry a payload of 133 tons. Its length is 250.2 feet, its height is 63.5 feet, and its wingspan is 224.6 feet

5. Boeing 747

Boeing 747

Nicknamed the Jumbo Jet and Queen of the Sky, the Boeing 747 is the world’s longest passenger aircraft. It can carry 524 passengers and is the sixth biggest commercial aircraft built in the United States. more than 1,500 orders for Boeing 747s have been placed since it first flew in 1970. Perhaps the most famous plane of the United States, the presidential Air Force One, is a Boeing 747. Some say its popularity is sinking as planes that big are going out of style. 

4. Antonov An-22

Antonov An-22

The heavy transport aircraft Antonov An-22 Antei, designed by the Soviet aircraft industry in the 1960s, is one of the biggest airplanes of all time. it is the largest turboprop-powered aircraft in the world. An-22 airplanes transported Russian troops, combat vehicles and supplies to Afghanistan and other military conflicts. While since replaced by the An-124 Russian strategic airlifter, there are still An-22s used by the Russian Air Force. The an-22 is almost 190 feet long and 40 feet high with a wingspan of 210 feet

3. Antonov An-124

Antonov An-124

The Antonov An-124 commercial aircraft, based on the An-124 Russian heavy military transport aircraft, is the world’s biggest series heavy lifter. It carries heavy and oversized cargo that has included a 109-ton locomotive, General Electric GE90 aircraft engines, the Liebherr large dimension mobile crane, the USA Euclid mine truck, and Lynx anti-submarine helicopters. The military version can carry main battle tanks and missile units.

The An-124 can carry a payload weight of 132.4 tons. Its wingspan is 240 feet. Its length is 226 feet and its height is 68 feet

2. Airbus A380

Airbus A380

The Airbus 380 double-deck jet airliner is the world’s biggest passenger plane based on number of seats. Its typical seating is 544 passengers while the maximum number is 853. The Airbus 380 is 238 feet long, 79 feet high and has a wingspan of more than 261 feet. The Airbus 380 is promoted as having more space for passengers. 

1. Antonov An-225 Mriya

Antonov An 225 Mriya

The Antonov An-225 Mriya is the biggest airplane of all time. It is 275 feet long and has a wingspan of 290 feet, making it the longest operational aircraft with the longest wingspan in the world. The An-225 holds world records for airlifting a single-item payload, a 418,834-pound gas power station generator, and a total payload of 559,577 pounds. The An-225 has carried a space shuttle to its launch site and flew rapper Snoop Dog’s tour stage to Nigeria. There is only one An-225 in existence.

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