Gnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (15 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
You mean heaviest aircraft to land without power? That'd be the Air Canada 767 that Jubilee777 refers to.
If it's the heaviest craft to glide for a distance, period, it'd be the 747 that ingested the volcanic ash over Indonesia that BC. responds with. The 747 crew eventually successfully restarted all 4 engines, though, so it didn't glide to a landing...every question has complications! :-)
JETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (15 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
The worlds heaviest intended glider was the German Gigant. Used during WW2 it was able to hold a few tanks. Or several hundred troops. It was pulled int othe air using rocket assist, and 3 tug planes. I hear flights were often fatal.
Any more info I don't have. Maybe someone else can help.