Biggest Airplane

Fri Sep 22, 2000 9:52 am

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?

RE: Biggest Airplane

Fri Sep 22, 2000 9:59 am

The Russian An225 Myria.

I think.
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RE: Biggest Airplane

Fri Sep 22, 2000 9:59 am

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

Fri Sep 22, 2000 2:05 pm

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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RE: Biggest Airplane

Sat Sep 23, 2000 12:09 am

By the fuselage length the biggest is An225, followed by, I think, Lockheed C-5A, An124 and Boeing 747. I read on 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?

RE: Biggest Airplane

Sat Sep 23, 2000 12:19 am

You almost got it right RIX, it goes:

An225, An124, C5A, 747
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RE: Biggest Airplane

Sat Sep 23, 2000 1:50 am

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

747 (70.6 m) - see
124 (69.1 m) - see ... oh, sorry, you probably don't read Russian... then this one:

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).

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RE: Biggest Airplane

Sat Sep 23, 2000 2:54 am

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.


RE: Spruce Goose Is The Answer

Sat Sep 23, 2000 6:33 am

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

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HK-1 Vs. AN225

Sat Sep 23, 2000 6:50 am

Interesting - can anyone compare Mriya specs to Spruce Goose specs?
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RE: Biggest Airplane

Sat Sep 23, 2000 6:56 am

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

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RE: Biggest Airplane

Sat Sep 23, 2000 6:58 am

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

RE: CV-XC-99

Sat Sep 23, 2000 8:29 am

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.

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RE: Biggest Airplane

Sat Sep 23, 2000 8:55 am

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?
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RE: Biggest Airplane

Sat Sep 23, 2000 10:14 am

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.

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