phatalbert
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Biggest Military Plane...or Just Plane

Sat Oct 15, 2005 2:46 pm

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?
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flyf15
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RE: Biggest Military Plane...or Just Plane

Sat Oct 15, 2005 2:48 pm

The largest planes in the world, by MTOW, are as follows... as you can see, only #4 and #5 are military.

1. An-225
2. A380
3. B747-400 (in its newest, -400ER form)
4. An-124
5. C-5
 
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RE: Biggest Military Plane...or Just Plane

Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:11 pm

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.

Anyone add to that?
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RichardPrice
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RE: Biggest Military Plane...or Just Plane

Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:33 pm

You are talking about the Ekranoplan, a Wing In Ground effect aircraft that flew literally metres above the waves at high speed. Quite an innovative development!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekranoplan
 
citation501sp
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RE: Biggest Military Plane...or Just Plane

Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:33 pm

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.

That would be my choice for a boat!!

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citation501sp
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RE: Biggest Military Plane...or Just Plane

Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:35 pm

Richard beat me to it!!
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RE: Biggest Military Plane...or Just Plane

Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:51 pm

Quoting Citation501SP (Reply 4):
That would be my choice for a boat!!

I'd love to use them for Island hopping in the Bahamas, Caribbean, or Maldives!!!
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RE: Biggest Military Plane...or Just Plane

Sun Oct 16, 2005 3:28 am

The An-225 was designed for use by the Soviet space program and military (of which the space program was a subsidiary of course) so it does qualify even if it never wore military markings.

Ekranoplan might classify except that it was not an aircraft but a ship according to registers  Smile
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phatalbert
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RE: Biggest Military Plane...or Just Plane

Sun Oct 16, 2005 9:43 pm

i c... thats some help... i dont know much about airbus though... but i can understand that now... is a 747 bigger than the c-5?
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phatalbert
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RE: Biggest Military Plane...or Just Plane

Sun Oct 16, 2005 9:44 pm

i c... thats some help... i dont know much about airbus though... but i can understand that now... but is a 747 bigger than the c-5?
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RE: Biggest Military Plane...or Just Plane

Sun Oct 16, 2005 11:25 pm

C-5 is larger than the 747-200 in all dimensions and has a larger payload as well.
It may be a bit smaller than the 747-400 (don't have the dimensions and weights for that at hand).
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RE: Biggest Military Plane...or Just Plane

Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:14 pm

AN-225 MTO=1,320,000 lb 600,000 kg
Length 275' 7" 84.0m Width 290' 88.4m

380-800 MTO=1,234,600 lbs 560,000 kg est
Length 239' 6" 73.0 m Width 261' 10" 79.8 m est

747-400ER MTO=910,000 lb 412,775kg
Length 231' 10'' 70.66m Width 211' 5" 64.44m

AN-124-100 MTO=893,000 lb 405,000 kg
Length 226' 3" 69m Width 240' 5" 73.3m

C-5 MTO=840,000 lb 381,024 kg
Length 247' 1'' 75.3m Width 222' 9" 67.89m

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