The World's Largest Planes
List of the World's 10 Largest Planes
10. Boeing 377
The Boeing 377 aka the Stratocruiser, was one of the largest long range airlines built post WWII. The design was crafted after the former C-97 Stratofreighter. The Stratocruiser was first flown in 1947 on July 8th. The aircraft derives its power from four piston engines combined with driving tractor propellers. The most surprising factor about the Boeing 377 was its low fuel consumption and ability to cruise at 32,000 feet. (advancements for its era) It was also one of the first aircrafts to incorporate a pressurized cabin.
9. Boeing 314 Clipper
The Boeing Airplane company produced the Boeing 314 Clipper, a long range flying boat, from 1938 until 1941. The Boeing engineers revitalized the structure of the plane by adapting the pre cancelled XB-15's 149 feet wing and adding an impressive 1,600 horsepower Wright Twin Cyclone engine.
8. Antonov An - 22 Antei
The Antonov An-22 Antei was recorded as the world's heaviest aircraft. That is until the creation of the American C-5 Galaxy. The Antonov An-22 Antei retained its power from four pairs of contra-rotating turboprops. This special design is still presently regarded as the largest turboprop-powered aircraft in the world. The Antonov An-22 made its first appearance at the 1965 Paris Air Show.
7. Antonov An-124
As a strategic airlift jet aircraft, the Antonov An-124 Ruslan was designed to be the largest serially manufactured cargo airplane in the world created by the Ukrainian SSR's Antonov design bureau. The Antonov An-124 is also remarkably the second largest operating cargo aircraft in the world.
6. Antonov An-70
This four engine Antonov An-70 medium range aircraft is the first of the large aircraft family to be powered through propfan engines. The An-70 was designed by Ukraine's Antonov bureau to take the place of the outdated An-12 transport aircraft. The Antonov An-70 prototype took to the air for the first time in 1994 in December 16th in Kiev, Ukraine.
5. Airbus A380
The Airbus A380 has truly earned the name with its wide body aircraft width and upper deck that extends just as far as the fuselage. Not to mention, the A380 cabin contains over 470 meters of floor space seating up to 525 people in a three class configuration. Additionally, if the plane is set up as an all economy class configuration it is able to hold a noteworthy 853 passenger total. The aircraft can reach up to Mach 0.85 cruising speeds and is designed to fly sufficiently from Hong Kong to New York.
4. Airbus A340
Developed by Airbus Industrie, the Airbus A340 is designed to be a long range, 4 engine, wide bodied, commercial passenger airliner. The A340 has now been picked up by EADS and is manufactured in Toulouse, France. The impressive airliner is able to accommodate 440 passengers comfortably in the newer stretched six hundred series seating and 375 passengers in coach. The models distinguishing factors are its range of up 9,000 nautical miles, three bogie main landing gear, and four high bypass turbofan engines.
3. Airbus Beluga
The Airbus A300-600St also known as Beluga or Super Transporter is a modified version of the A300-600 standard wide-body airliner. The Beluga has been altered in order to carry oversized cargo as well aso large aircraft parts.
2. Aero Spacelines Super Guppy
The extra large, wide bodied cargo aircraft referred to as the Super Guppy is utilized as a ferry for outsized cargo components. The Super Guppy is the replacement craft for the Pregnant Guppy, the first of its kind produced by Aero Spacelines. Five of the Super Guppys have been built in two variations.
1. Antonov An-225
Designed in the 1980s by the Antonov bureau, is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft known as the Antonov An-225 Mriya. The Mriya is the largest plane in the world. Its was originally developed to transport the Buran orbiter. The Antonov An-225's name of Mriya when translated from Ukrainian to English literally means 'dream'.
Beyond Competition - Scaled Composites Stratolaunch Model 351
The biggest plane in history is being designed in Mojave, California. It is the Scaled Composites Model 351, also known as the "Roc" after mythological bird of prey, Roc. Currently the giant aircraft is being constructed for Stratolaunch Systems and is to serve as a platform from launching space missions. The wingspan of the largest airplane ever is 385 feet (117 meters) and it will be able to carry and launch a huge rocket to space. It is unbelievably enormous! A crew of three experienced pilots will fly the vehicle that will carry the three-stage Thunderbolt rocket mounted beneath the wing center section.
Nest year flight tests are expected to begin and initial launch operations are scheduled to start in 2018. Recently Stratolaunch has reported that Thunderbolt built by the Orbital Sciences will be 131-ft long, and will weigh about 550,000 lb. Both the Roc and Thunderbolt will weigh 1.3 million lbs. The three-stage aircraft will be powered by ATK-provided solid rocket motors during the first and second stages, and by a couple of liquid-fueled Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C engines during the third.