The World's Biggest And Largest Planes

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10. Boeing 747

The Boeing 747 is a widebody commercial airliner and cargo transport, often referred to by the nickname Jumbo Jet or Queen of the Skies. It is among the world’s most recognizable aircraft, and was the first widebody ever produced. Manufactured by Boeing’s Commercial Airplane unit in the United States, the original version of the 747 was two and a half times the size of the Boeing 707, one of the common large commercial aircraft of the 1960s. First flown commercially in 1970, the 747 held the passenger capacity record for 37 years. -Wikipedia.org

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9. Airbus A340-600

Designed as an early generation 747  replacement, the A340-600 flies 380 passengers in a three-class cabin layout (419 in 2 class) over 7,500 nautical miles (13,900 km). It provides similar passenger capacity to a 747 but with 25% more cargo volume, and at lower trip and seat costs. First flight of the A340-600 was made on 23 April 2001. Virgin Atlantic began commercial services in August 2002.  The A340-600 is more than 10 m longer than a basic -300, more than four metres longer than the Boeing 747-400 and 2.3m longer than the A380.

It held the record for being the world’s longest commercial aircraft until February 2010 with the first flight of the Boeing 747-8. The A340-600 is powered by four 56,000 lbf (249 kN) thrust Rolls-Royce Trent 556 turbofans. It also has an additional four-wheel undercarriage on the fuselage center-line to cope with the increased MTOW. Airbus has made provisions for freeing additional upper deck main cabin space by providing optional arrangements for additional facilities such as crew rest areas, galleys, and lavatories upon the “stretched” A340 aircraft’s lower deck. -Wikipedia.org

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8. Boeing 777-300ER

The 777-300ER (“ER” for Extended Range) is the B-market version of the -300. It features raked and extended wingtips, a new main landing gear, reinforced nose gear, and extra fuel tanks. The -300ER also has a strengthened fuselage, wings, empennage, and engine attachments. The standard GE90-115B turbofans are the world’s most powerful jet engines in service, with a maximum thrust of 115,300 lbf (513 kN).

The maximum range is 7,930 nautical miles (14,690 km), made possible due to a higher MTOW along with the increased fuel capacity. The -300ER can fly approximately 34 percent farther than the -300 with a full load of passengers and cargo. Following flight testing, the implementation of engine, wing, and weight modifications produced an added 1.4 percent reduction in fuel consumption. -Wikipedia.org

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7. C-5 Galaxy  

The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is a large military transport aircraft built by Lockheed. It was designed to provide strategic heavy airlift over intercontinental distances and to carry outsize and oversize cargo. The C-5 Galaxy has been operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) since 1969 and is one of the largest military aircraft in the world. -Wikipedia.org

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6. An-124 Condor

The Antonov An-124 Ruslan (NATO reporting name: Condor) is strategic airlift jet airplane. It was designed by the Soviet Union’s Antonov design bureau. It is the world’s largest ever serially manufactured cargo airplane and world’s second largest operating cargo aircraft. During development it was known, in house, as Izdeliye 400 and An-40 in the West. First flown in 1982, civil certification was issued on 30 December 1992. Over forty are currently in service (26 civilian models with airlines and 10 firm orders as of August 2006) and 20 were in commercial use in 1998 in Ukraine, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Libya. -Wikipedia.org

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5. KM Caspian Sea Monster

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4. Airbus A380F

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine airliner manufactured by the European corporation Airbus, a subsidiary of EADS. The largest passenger airliner in the world, the A380 made its maiden flight on 27 April 2005 from Toulouse, France, and made its first commercial flight on 25 October 2007 from Singapore to Sydney with Singapore Airlines. The aircraft was known as the Airbus A3XX during much of its development phase, but the nickname Superjumbo has since become associated with it. -Wikipedia.org

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3. HK-1 Spruce Goose

The Hughes H-4 Hercules (registration NX37602) (“Spruce Goose”) was a prototype heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company. The aircraft made its only flight on November 2, 1947. Built from wood because of wartime raw material restrictions on the use of aluminum, it was nicknamed the “Spruce Goose” by its critics. The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built, and has the largest wingspan and height of any aircraft in history. It survives in good condition at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, USA. -Wikipedia.org

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2. An-225 Cossack  

The Antonov An-225 Mriya (NATO reporting name: ‘Cossack’) is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft, designed by the Soviet Antonov Design Bureau. It is the world’s heaviest fixed-wing aircraft. The design, built to transport the Buran orbiter, was an enlargement of the successful An-124 Ruslan. The An-225’s name, Mriya means “Dream” (Inspiration) in Ukrainian.  The An-225 is commercially available for flying over-sized payloads due to the unique size of its cargo deck. Currently there is only one aircraft in operation. -Wikipedia.org

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1. Hindenburg

The two Hindenburg-class airships were passenger carrying rigid airships built in Germany in the 1930s named in honor of Paul von Hindenburg. They were the last such aircraft ever built, and in terms of their length and volume, the largest aircraft ever to fly. During the 1930s, airships like the Hindenburg class were considered by many the future of air travel, and the lead ship of the class, LZ 129 Hindenburg, established a regular transatlantic service.

The destruction of this same ship in a spectacular and highly-publicized accident was to prove the death knell for these expectations. The second ship, LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin was never operated on a regular passenger service, and was scrapped in 1940 at the order of Hermann Göring. -Wikipedia.org

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