(Listed by Size)
Videos and illustrations list of some of the largest aircraft throughout aviation history. Includes, specifications, and a guide to RC airplanes.
One of the questions most often asked of Aviation Trivia is to name the largest aircraft. That brings up more questions. What factors should be used to determine which are the largest aircraft? Would they have the longest wingspan, the longest length, or the heaviest weight? Should they be the largest ever built, or the largest during a certain era? Maybe they should be classified by the number of engines, or number of wings, or even the size of their propellers. Or, should we list the largest aircraft by their type, such as fighters, bombers, seaplanes, or transports. We have decided to list them from largest to smallest wingspan.
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Boeing ULTRA (Ultra Large Transport Aircraft), are concept aircraft being developed as high capacity cargo transports. Rather than flying high in the sky, similar to the the Russian Ekranoplanes, they are designed to use ground effect to skim over water or the ground at an altitude as low as 20 feet. They can adjusting their altitude according to sea conditions, or obstacles, for a smooth ride.
500' wings, 2,800,000#
If largest aircraft are determined by wingspan, one has to include the Hughes H-4 Spruce Goose. Although current aircraft weigh more than the Hughes H-4 Hercules, more commonly known as the Spruce Goose, no other seaplane or land based airplane produced has a longer wingspan. You can rank the Spruce Goose in the category of largest prop plane, largest seaplane, and largest passenger plane.
320.1' wings, 300,000#
The Antonov An-225 has the longest wingspan of any aircraft flying today. It is also the largest jet plane, by weight.
291.1' wings, 1,179,500#
Airbus A380 aircraft are the largest commercial airliners, and largest passenger aircraft in their class. They are the largest passenger aircraft now flying. The Russian An-225 cargo aircraft is larger overall.
261.7' wings, 608,400#
Antonov An-124's are the second largest jet aircraft ever mass produced after the A380. However, unlike the A380 passenger jet, the An-124 is used for hauling cargo.
240.5' wings, 385,00#
The Convair XC-99 was a one of a kind experimental cargo transport, based on the B-36. It was the world's largest cargo plane ever built to operate from land, that was driven by propellers. Although very successful, the U.S.A.F. felt that they didn't need such large cargo carriers at the time and no other aircraft of its type were produced.
230' wings, 135,230#
LOCKHEED C-5 GALAXY
The still deployed Lockheed C-5 Galaxy aircraft have the ability to carry all air certified cargo and have among the greatest cargo capacity of any aircraft.
The Air Mobility Command Museum in Deleware is still anxiously awaiting the arrival of the only C-5 that will be put on permanent museum display. Although it was scheduled to arrive in 2013, it should now arrive before the end of 2014. Dover AFB has been a home to the C-5 Galaxy since they first took to the sky in 2006.
Some of the facts and trivia which make the C-5 an interesting museum display are its ability to fly great distances on internal fuel. Its tail rises some 65 feet in height, and its wingspan is over the length of two football fields. When fully loaded, the C-5 weighs about as much as five Washington Monuments, and a single engine of the C-5 can generate enough power to lift 43,000 lbs. straight up.
222.7' wings, 380,000#
Saunders Roe Princess aircraft were the largest all-metal seaplanes ever built.
219.5' wings, 190,000#
Douglas XB-19's were the largest U.S. bombers when first produced.
212' wings, 140,250#
The Antonov An-22 is the largest aircraft being mass produced using turboprop engines, and one of the heaviest aircraft ever to fly.
211.3' wings, 251,350#
Tupolev ANT-20 aircraft were the largest of their time.
206.7' wings, 62,700#
Boeing 777's are the largest twin jet engine aircraft. They are even larger than three jet engine powered aircraft. They are, however, smaller than the largest Boeing 747 jets.
199.9' wings 367,000#
LOCKHEED R6V CONSTITUTION
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Lockheed R6V Constitution are the largest aircraft ever deployed by the U.S. Navy. Two of the land based aircraft were built and flown as passenger and cargo transports from 1948 to 1953.
189.1' wings, 113,780#
Two Myasishchev 3M-T (VM-T) aircraft were built. They were the largest aircraft used by the Soviet Union as transports until the An-225 went into service.
174.4' wings, 167,000#
Aero Spacelines Super Guppy
The Super Guppy is a Boeing C-27J with a lengthened fuselage and larger diameter cargo compartment. It's ability to carry the most massive cargo and has been used to transport parts for the International Space Station.
156.3' wings, 101,500#
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Boeing B-29 Superfortresses were the largest aircraft flown as U.S. World War II bombers.
141.2' wings, 70,000#
Caspian Sea Monster
The Russian Caspian Sea Monster KM Ekranoplan is the second heaviest aircraft to fly, and the heaviest and largest airplane to fly in ground effect.
141,1' wings, 839,594#
The Felixstowe Fury was the largest triplane seaplane ever built. If you look carefully under its wing you will see a single engine aircraft. It performed well, flying for seven hours without landing during its testing. The aircraft flew from Nov. 11, 1918 to Aug. 11, 1919 when it was damaged beyond repair during take off.
123' wings, 18,550#
The Bristol Braemer was the largest triplane bomber ever produced. During World War I, two Braemer aircraft were tested. Their test flights were successful, but the war ended and they did not go into mass production.
81.7' wings, 10,650#
PZL M-15 are the largest jet powered biplanes dedicated as agricultural aircraft.
73,5' wings, 6,812#
ANTONOV AN-2 COLT
Antonov An-2 Colt aircraft are the largest biplanes of their type, by weight. Popular with bush pilots, as parachuting aircraft, and as crop dusters, they have been in production since 1947 and are still being produced to this date.
59.7' wings, 7,600#
More By Wingspans:
Corvair B-36 Peacemakers were the largest aircraft flown as a United States bombers. The B-36 is the world's largest bomber that was ever produced, if you go by wingspan.
230.1' wings, 171,000#
Boeing 747 The Boeing 747 makes our list of largest aircraft because it was the largest passenger plane from 1970 to 2005. The 747-8 is the longest mass produced aircraft at 250.1'.
224.6' wings, 472,900#
Airbus A340-600 Airbus A340-600's are among the largest aircraft. They are the second longest mass produced aircraft currently produced.
208' wings, 392,000#
G10N Nakajima G10N Fugaku's were to be the largest aircraft that Japan intended to produce as a long range heavy bombers, able to attack the U.S. mainland from Japan. The war ended before they could be built.
206.7' wings, 96,600#
Mars The Martin Mars water bombers are the largest aircraft that are active prop driven water bombers, and the largest production seaplanes. The aircraft, which was produced in 1945, are still going strong today.
202.5' wings, 76,600#
Blohm & Voss BV 238 The BV 238 was a one of a kind Luftwaffe WW II seaplane. It was their largest aircraft ever built during World War II.
197.4' wings, 120,600#
747 Supertanker The Boeing/Evergreen 747 Supertanker, a converted Boeing 747-200, is the largest aircraft used as an air tanker. It has a capacity of 24,000 gallons.
195.7' wings, 358,000#
B-52 The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress are the largest aircraft used as U.S. jet bombers and the backbone of today's U.S. heavy bomber fleet.
184.9' wings, 185,000#
Me-323 Messerschmidt Me-323's largest aircraft were essentially gliders fitted with motors. They were used as Luftwaffe WW II transports.
183.1' wings, 34,000#
Tu-160 Tupolev Tu-160's are the largest aircraft flown as the world's heaviest bombers.
182.8' wings, 242,500#
XB-35 Two Northrop XB-35's were produced. They were the largest prop driven aircraft ever manufactured as flying wings. They never went into production.
172.1' wings 90,000#
Ju390 Junkers Ju 390's were among the largest aircraft that Germany built as long range WW II bomber prototypes.
165.1' wings, 87,100#
DC-10 McDonnell Douglas DC-10 are among the largest aircraft flying today as airliners, water bombers, and USAF air-to-air refueling aircraft.
155.3' wings, 267,000#
Blohm & Voss BV 222 Viking aircraft were mass produced and flew during WWII. They were the largest aircraft used by the Luftwaffe as production seaplanes deployed during the War.
151' wings, 67,575#
Airbus A300's are among the largest aircraft flown as passenger carriers. They are the first ever two engine wide cabin aircraft to fly.
147.1' wings, 198,500#
Ki-20 Mitsubishi Ki-20's were the largest aircraft that Japan produced as WW II bombers.
144.3' wings, 32,875
Linke-Hofman R.II Largest aircraft, single propeller driven biplanes. Two bomber prototypes of the aircraft were produced during WW1. They each had four engines linked together turning a single huge propeller.
138.3' wings, 17,640#
Tupolev TB-3s largest aircraft were the first monoplane four engine heavy bombers of the Soviet Union.
137.1' wings, 24,700#
A-40 Beriev A-40's are the largest aircraft currently flying as jet powered seaplanes. Thus far two prototypes have been produced.
135.5' wings, 127,270#
Mi-26 The Mil Mi-26 is the largest helicopter now flying. It is currently in production and makes our largest aircraft page.
131.4' long, 62,170#
Tarrant Tabor The Tarrant Tabor largest aircraft of the time, when produced.
131.1' wings, 24,750#
CANT Z511 largest aircraft built as seaplanes during WW II.
130.8' wings, 45,000#
DC-7 Largest aircraft with piston engines built by the Douglas Aircraft Co.
72,760#, 127.5' wings
Mi-12 The Mil Mi-12 is the largest helicopter. Two prototypes were produced, therefore we added it to our list of largest aircraft.
121.3' long, 152,000#
C-46 Curtiss C-46 Commandos twin engine U.S. transports were among the largest aircraft with twin engines to serve as transports during World War II.
108' wings, 33,000#
The Sikorsky Ilya Murometz were the largest aircraft used as four engine strategic bombers, when first deployed.
97.8' wings, 6,930#
Tu-144 Tupolev Tu-144's largest aircraft Russian supersonic airliners.
95.5' wings, 187,400#
ANT-4 Tupolev ANT-4's largest aircraft Soviet all-metal bombers of their time.
94.1' wings, 9,965#
The Sikorsky Russky Vityaz largest aircraft with four engines when first flown.
88.6' wings, 7,500#
Short Bombers largest aircraft produced as single engine biplanes. They had a longer wingspan than any single engine monoplanes. They were deployed during World War I as both land based bombers and torpedo bomber seaplanes.
84' wings, 5,000#
SA321 The Aerospatial SA 321 Super Frelon is the largest European production helicopter on our largest aircraft list.
75.5' long, 27,558#