WISAZ13 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1197 times:
What is the biggest airplane in the world? Airliner or transport. Civil or military. American or Russian. I have heard different things form different sources so I want closure. What is the biggest airplane out there?
Darrell From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 236 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1060 times:
The Howard Hughes HK-1 (Spruce Goose) Flying Boat. It dwarfs a Boeing 747. It is currently housed at the Michael King Smith Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. It has a 320 foot wing span, is 218 feet long, and is 30 feet wide. The wing is over 11.5 feet thick. Its gross weight is 300,000 lbs. It flew only 1 time, in 1947. I don't know if its the largest plane ever built, but it sure is enormous.
RIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1785 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1021 times:
By the fuselage length the biggest is An225, followed by, I think, Lockheed C-5A, An124 and Boeing 747. I read on airbus.com that the A300-600ST is the only aircraft in the world able to transport 4.88-meter x 4.88-meter (16-ft. x 16-ft.) cross-section loads. Is it really true, and none of those above is able to do the same?
RIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1785 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1004 times:
Yes, I was almost right, but the other way:
747 (70.6 m) - see boeing.com
124 (69.1 m) - see http://www.trima.lv/russian/avia/ruaircr/an124.html ... oh, sorry, you probably don't read Russian... then this one: http://www.lot.com.pl/cargo/An124co.html
By the way, at least An124 can't transport 4.88-meter x 4.88-meter cross-section loads as its cargo cabin height is 4.4 m. May be 225 is bigger but there is no much use of it as only one or two arcraft were built. Hope we'll see more in future (there was a thread here discussing it).
TurboTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 977 times:
The biggest plane in the world is considered to be the Spruce Goose. Other airplanes are longer, but it is taller and has a longer wingspan than any other so far. I am 98% sure it is the HK-1 or Spruce Goose
Qantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4 Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 944 times:
Yeah, I also consider the largest plane by its MTOW. Also the AN225 Mriya (dream) is in the guiness book of records for having the biggest MTOW. So it goes something like-
1.Antonov AN225 Mriya
2.Antonov AN124 Ruslyn
3.Lockheed C5-A Galaxy
BTW I used to hear that the B-52 bomber was like the 3rd largest aircraft in the world. Can anyone back this up?