flyf15
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Largest Single Engine A/c

Sun Jan 16, 2000 8:54 am

What is the largest (by weight) single engined aircraft ever to exist, being a commercial, military, or other type? So far the biggest I've found is the MiG-27, weighing in at 48000lbs.
 
BryanG
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RE: Largest Single Engine A/c

Sun Jan 16, 2000 11:18 am

Try the F-105. I don't know exactly how heavy it was, but I've been up close to one and they're huge. They carried incredible loads in Vietnam.
 
BryanG
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RE: Largest Single Engine A/c

Sun Jan 16, 2000 12:28 pm

Cool, I was right. I got this from the USAF Museum website. I don't know if this is definitely the heaviest, but I'd be mighty surprised if it wasn't. When a plane is built this tough, there's no need for a second engine. This plane could take the bigest beating - missles, flak, whatever - and still keep going.



SPECIFICATIONS
Span: 34 ft. 11 in.
Length: 67 ft. 0 in.
Height: 20 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 54,580 lbs. max.
Armament: One M61 20mm Vulcan cannon plus 14,000 pounds of ordnance--conventional bombs, rocket packs, missiles and special weapons
Engine: One Pratt & Whitney J75-P-19W of 26,500 lbs. thrust with afterburner


PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed: 831 mph
Cruising speed: 596 mph.
Range: 1,500 miles
 
flyf15
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RE: Largest Single Engine A/c

Sun Jan 16, 2000 1:06 pm

Totally forgot about the Thunderchief! Thanks Bryan!