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What Is/was The Largest Plane Ever?  
User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4367 times:
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FOr years, I thought it weas the Spruce Goose. But I don;t know the specs on this.

Is the AN 225 now the worlds largest plane?


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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4358 times:

It depends on how you determine "size" of an airplane. It is usually done by maximum takeoff weight. By this (and many other standards), the An-225 is indeed the largest airplane to ever exist.

User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4345 times:

How is "largest" measured by weight? He asked what the largest was, not the heaviest.

I don't see how anythig could be bigger than the AN-225.

I once made a paper airplane that was pretty damn big. But the program did not last long, as on its maiden voyage, it stalled after 6 feet and fell to the carpet. All 6 on board received fatal paper cuts.

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User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4320 times:

The spruce goose had larger wingspan (320' vs 290') and larger wing area (11430 sq.' vs 10280 sq.'). In this respect you could say it's the largest.

However, it was slightly shorter (218' vs 275'), and much lighter (300000lbs vs 1332770lbs).

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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4311 times:

The reason why I say weight is a good way to compare is with most other measurements, there are other things that can conflict.

Such as "This plane is the largest because it has the greatest wing span." "No, this is bigger because it is longer." "No, this one is larger because it has more power."

Its the best general measurement that can be used to easily compare the size of airplanes. If you know of something better, I'm sure we'd gladly consider it instead.


User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4294 times:

And before the AN-225 came out i believe it was the AN-124 and before that the C5 Galaxy.

User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4278 times:

Are there any AN225 flying around? Does Volga/Dniepr have one?

User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4266 times:

I want to say the only one or two flying actually are directly chartered out by Antonov... but I could be way off base.

If there were another operator, you could count on it being Volga/Dnepr.

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User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4252 times:

There's only one An-225, and I do believe it's Antonov that operates it.

I tend to agree that maximum takeoff weight is the best measure of 'size' for an aircraft. Otherwise, as pointed out, you have to pick which other dimension to choose. Length? Wingspan? Height?

I believe the Spruce Goose is only the biggest in terms of wingspan. Personally, I don't consider that to be nearly as 'important' an indicator of size as weight, or, even better in my opinion, payload/internal volume. An-225 measure on all such measures, as well as in thrust, I'd imagine. I think people only call the Spruce Goose the world's largest plane, basing the calculation on wingspan, because they want it to remain a tourist attraction. However, I guess at the time of its construction, it was probably also the heaviest/longest plane, etc. Not that it ever flew anywhere!

when the A380 arrives, I guess it's dimensions wil be very close to the An-225. Not much bigger, if at all.



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User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4109 times:

Yes, the one and only An-225 is operated by Antonov. It was in open storage for about a decade up until a year or two ago due to lack of funds. Another airframe has been standing incomplete at Antonov's prototype facility near Kiev for many years.

"And before the AN-225 came out i believe it was the AN-124 and before that the C5 Galaxy."

...and before that the An-22.  Smile


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