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User currently offlineWISAZ13 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1292 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?

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User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1200 times:

The Russian An225 Myria.

I think.


User currently offlinePatches From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 292 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1189 times:

I do belive the biggest plane today is the Russian Antonov An225 Mriya.The biggest Commerical Plane is the 747-400

User currently offlineDarrell From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1155 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.


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User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1116 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?

User currently offlineBoeing747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1113 times:

You almost got it right RIX, it goes:

An225, An124, C5A, 747


User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

Yes, I was almost right, but the other way:

225
C5A
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).

Regards,
RIX


User currently offlineTarantine From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1084 times:

This question could have many answers. To me, the biggest aircraft would be the one with the highest Max. T/O WTG. Which I have read that the AN-225 has took off over 1,100,000lbs.

RT


User currently offlineTurboTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1072 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

TurboTristar


User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1079 times:

Interesting - can anyone compare Mriya specs to Spruce Goose specs?

User currently offlineGreeneyes53787 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

THE BIGGEST AND HEAVIEST:
1. AN225
2. AN124 (considerably larger than C-5A)
3. C-5A
4. 747
5. Hughes Hercules
6. CV-XC99 (I believe)

GE


User currently offlineCXA330-342 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1057 times:

This is just a reminder that Antonov is Ukrainian and not Russian.  

User currently offlineTurboTristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1044 times:

What is the CV-XC99? I have never heard of it. Does anyone have a picture of it? BTW the 773 is over 240 ft, so it is surely one of the longest.

TurboTristar


User currently offlineQantas737 From Australia, joined Jul 2000, 738 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (14 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1039 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?


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (14 years 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1031 times:

The specs of a B-52 according to Jane's
Span-185 ft.
Length-157 ft.
Max T/O weight-488,000 pounds

Aircraft such as the DC-10, MD-11 all have similar sizes but more weight.

So, no the B-52 is not the 3rd-but it's a heckuva an aircraft-one of my favorites to watch.

G.R.



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