Mconway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 11445 times:
If you are talking max takeoff weight, I believe the largest single engine jet aircraft ever built would be the the Republic F-105 "Thunderchief", with the G variant having a max takeoff weight in excess of 54000 pounds.
RareBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 553 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 11201 times:
I think my vote would be for the Grumman Guardian (WF-2). A post WW2 torpedo bomber / ASW aircraft. Max TOW was in excess of 25,000 pounds. Length was 43'-4", span of 60'-8". Used a P&W R-2800-48W of 2,400 hp.
Timz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6634 posts, RR: 7 Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 11042 times:
It's not easy to pin down the maximum weights of those old military aircraft. Supposedly on one occasion the Mauler took off at 29,000 lb or so, but its official MTOW was substantially less. Did a Skyraider or XTB2D (or whatever else) ever beat 29,000 lb? Nobody knows.
But maybe the original question was about current aircraft?
RareBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 553 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 10930 times:
Weights I listed were taken from Jane's books of the period. I would assume they were at least semi-official. Whether or not another aircraft on a one-time basis exceeded these weights, we'll never know, as you said.
Pilawt From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 101 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 10621 times:
GulfstreamGuy is probably correct that the Soviets built the largest single-engine airplane. I don't know of any single bigger than the Ant-25, a little-known research aircraft with remarkable accomplishments.
The Ant-25 was 44 feet long and had a wingspan of 112 feet and a single, 900-horsepower, 12-cylinder engine. Gross weight was 24,750 pounds, of which 13,760 pounds was fuel and oil. It was designed for record-breaking, long-distance flights, and in June 1937 made the first transpolar, intercontinental flight.
With a crew of three headed by Valeriy Chkalov, the Ant-25 took off from Moscow, headed for Oakland, California, via the north pole. Upon reaching the area of Eugene, Oregon, weather and mechanical concerns prompted Chkalov to backtrack to Portland. By the time they neared Portland, word of their imminent arrival had spread, and crowds began to gather at the Portland airport. Remembering the near-riot when Lindbergh landed at LeBourget ten years earlier, Chkalov thought landing at the Army's Pearson Field across the river in Vancouver, Washington, would offer better security. At Pearson the crew was greeted by the Commanding Officer of Vancouver Barracks, Gen. George C. Marshall. The Ant-25 had flown 6,073 statute miles in 63 hours, 17 minutes.
Though little known in the rest of the world, the flight was widely celebrated in the USSR, and Chkalov was given a hero's welcome on return to Moscow. At Pearson Field, now a general aviation airport (KVUO), there is a stone monument to the flight, and a major street in Vancouver, Washington, is named for Chkalov.
Three weeks after Chkalov's flight, another Ant-25 flew nonstop 7,031 statute miles from Moscow to San Jacinto, California.
GulfstreamGuy From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 638 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 10529 times:
WOW! What a response! I learned so much about the big single engine birds.
Hey Russophile, whats up with that TU-123? That thing looks like a rocket with wings! I thought I knew a lot about Soviet built aircraft but I had never seen that one before! It looks awesome!