The very first flight in its conventional notion took place barely 110 years ago, but in this period of time we went from near disbelief in flight to manufacturing of gigantic machines, which wings span across a football field and that can lift half a million pounds.
In this episode you will find the largest aircraft that seem to defy the laws of physics and, even though, you must have seen dozens of videos about the biggest aircraft in the world, this one will still be worth your while since it includes the latest models that have been created up until 2019, plus we will provide you with detailed specifications and even prices of some aircraft.
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All of the models shown in this #ATAircraft episode;
Antonov An-225 Mriya: antonov-airlines.com/our-fleet/an-225
Without a doubt, this airplane developed by the Antonov Design Bureau during the 1980s is the most remarkable flying machine in the world. The auxiliary name of the craft is translated from Ukrainian as the Dream, while the NATO designation is Cossack.
Antonov An-124-100 Ruslan: antonov-airlines.com/our-fleet/an-124-100
The development of Ruslan was forced by the absence of long-range heavy lift support within the USSR airforce. As usual, Soviets went for the overkill and for thirty years since its first flight in 1982, had this strategic airlift quadjet kept the title of the world’s heaviest gross weight production cargo airplane.
Antonov An-22A Antei: antonov-airlines.com/our-fleet/an-22a
Antonov An-22A Antei is the largest turboprop transport aircraft in the world that was produced in the Soviet Union till 1976. This is a four-engine high-winged aircraft with two tail fins and tail cargo hatch. The aircraft’s wingspan reaches 211 ft and it can carry up to 60 tons of cargo, covering up to 2,700 nautical miles without refueling.
2020 Model 351 Stratolaunch: stratolaunch.com/news-and-features/galleries/
Being the largest aircraft in the world, Stratolaunch has a wingspan of 385 ft and an unusual twin-fuselage construction. The model was designed as an alternative way of sending off satellites into space, using the company developed launch vehicles, and it can carry of to 500,000 lbs of payload.
Airbus Beluga XL: airbus.com/aircraft/freighter/beluga.html
Airbus Beluga XL is expected to enter into service in September-October 2019, boasting wingspan of 197ft and 10in and 30% more capacity than the existing Beluga, which translates into a max payload of 111,333 lbs.
Airbus A380: airbus.com/aircraft/passenger-aircraft/a380.html
Airbus A380 is the largest passenger aircraft in the world, both by its size and weight, exceeding the capacity of its main competitor, Boeing 747, by 35%. It has two decks seating up to 853 passengers in the all-economy-class layout.
Boeing 747-8: boeing.com/commercial/747
This giant could be considered the flagship of Boeing and currently it is the largest commercial aircraft produced in the USA. The 747 is offered in Intercontinental passenger version and the Freighter, the latter one being in much higher demand by the operators.
Airbus A340-600: airbus.com/aircraft/previous-generation-aircraft/a340-family/a340-600.html
Airbus A340-600 is the largest member of the A340 long-range airliners family. It began commercial services in August 2002. Its production stopped in 2011, but the 600 still successfully serves all over the world.
Airliner Passenger Boeing 777-300ER: boeing.com/commercial/777
Boeing 777-300ER is a wide-body airliner powered by two large diameter GE90-115B engines that can accommodate up to 550 passengers and travel up to 7,370 nautical miles.
Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy and C-5M Super Galaxy: news.lockheedmartin.com/2018-08-06-Lockheed-Martin-Delivers-52nd-C-5M-Super-Galaxy
Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy and its upgraded version C-5M Super Galaxy have been operated solely by the United States Air Force, since the first unit was delivered in 1969. The latter one will continue to be in service at least until 2040.