Bigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4075 posts, RR: 55 Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3404 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.
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2108 posts, RR: 21 Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3311 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.
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 10 Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3168 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."