PhatAlbert From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 111 posts, RR: 4 Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 13984 times:
I was wondering.. What the biggest plane (like such as cargo and mass.. Not like length width etc) in the military along with also the biggest plane in the world would be... I know the C-5 Galaxy Is pretty big because I got to get on one at an air show one time... But the Antonov An-225 Mriya looks pretty big... But I don't think its military... any1 got an answer?
Citation501SP From United States of America, joined May 2000, 193 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 13896 times:
Quoting SlamClick (Reply 2): Then there was that ground-effect jet seaplane thing the Soviets built with about twenty engines. Weight on that was, IIRC, over a million pounds.
The Ekranoplan, the Caspian Monster. Half boat, half airplane weighed 1,080,000 pounds fully loaded, skimmed about 15-20 feet off the water at 400 KM/H. Basically it flew in ground effect but this was efficient enough to get it in the air and moving with ease.
It was designed to move entire combat units under enemy radar. and delevier them to the other side of a body of water, or reletivly flat desert area. Not the best thing for going over mountains or trees.
The Ekranoplans lived in the Caspian Sea for the most part, had funding been there, they would have certainly been put on the Pacifc coast. In theory a great concept. a high speed amphibious assault transport. I think a few survive today but are rotting away near the Caspian Sea.