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Videos and illustrations list of the largest planes throughout aviation history. Includes, specifications, and a guide to RC airplanes.
One of the questions most often asked of Aviation Trivia is to list the largest planes. That brings up more questions. What factors should be used to determine which are the largest planes? 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 planes by their type, such as fighters, bombers, seaplanes, or transports. We have decided to list them from the largest to smallest wingspans.
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Boeing ULTRA (Ultra Large Transport Aircraft), are concept planes 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 planes are determined by wingspan, one has to include the Hughes H-4 Spruce Goose. Although current planes 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 planes, largest seaplane, and largest passenger planes.
320.1' wings, 300,000#
The Antonov An-225 has the longest wingspan of any plane flying today. It is also the largest jet plane, by weight.
291.1' wings, 1,179,500#
Airbus A380's are the largest commercial airliners, and largest passenger planes in their class. They are the largest passenger planes now flying. The Russian An-225 cargo plane is larger overall.
261.7' wings, 608,400#
Antonov An-124's are the second largest jet planes 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 planes of its type were produced.
230' wings, 135,230#
LOCKHEED C-5 GALAXY
The still deployed Lockheed C-5 Galaxy planes have the ability to carry all air certified cargo and have among the greatest cargo capacity of any planes.
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 planes 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#
Antonov An-22 are the largest planes being mass produced using turboprop engines, and one of the heaviest planes ever to fly.
211.3' wings, 251,350#
Tupolev ANT-20 planes were the largest of their time.
206.7' wings, 62,700#
Boeing 777's are the largest twin jet engine planes. They are even larger than three jet engine powered planes. 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 planes ever deployed by the U.S. Navy. Two of the land based planes were built and flown as passenger and cargo transports from 1948 to 1953.
189.1' wings, 113,780#
Two Myasishchev 3M-T (VM-T) planes were built. They were the largest planes 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 planes 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 plane to fly, and the heaviest and largest 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 airplane. It performed well, flying for seven hours without landing during its testing. The plane 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 planes 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 planes.
73,5' wings, 6,812#
ANTONOV AN-2 COLT
Antonov An-2 Colt planes are the largest biplanes of their type, by weight. Popular with bush pilots, as parachuting planes, and as crop dusters, they have been in production since 1947 and are still being produced to this date.
59.7' wings, 7,600#
Corvair B-36 Peacemakers were the largest planes 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#
The Boeing 747 makes our list of largest planes because it was the largest passenger plane from 1970 to 2005. The 747-8 is the longest mass produced planes at 250.1'.
224.6' wings, 472,900#
Airbus A340-600's are among the largest planes. They are the second longest mass produced planes currently produced.
208' wings, 392,000#
Nakajima G10N Fugaku's were to be the largest planes 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#
The Martin Mars water bombers are the largest planes that were prop driven water bombers, and the largest production seaplanes. The planes, which were produced in 1945, were recently retired.
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 plane ever built during World War II.
197.4' wings, 120,600#
The Boeing/Evergreen 747 Supertanker, a converted Boeing 747-200, is the world's largest air tanker. It has a capacity of 24,000 gallons.
195.7' wings, 358,000#
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress are the largest planes used as U.S. jet bombers and the backbone of today's U.S. heavy bomber fleet.
184.9' wings, 185,000#
Messerschmidt Me-323's largest planes were essentially gliders fitted with motors. They were used as Luftwaffe WW II transports.
183.1' wings, 34,000#
Tupolev Tu-160's are the largest planes flown as the world's heaviest bombers.
182.8' wings, 242,500#
Two Northrop XB-35's were produced. They were the largest prop driven planes ever manufactured as flying wings. They never went into production.
172.1' wings 90,000#
Junkers Ju 390's were among the largest planes that Germany built as long range WW II bomber prototypes.
165.1' wings, 87,100#
McDonnell Douglas DC-10 are among the largest planes flying today as cargo planes, water bombers, and USAF air-to-air refueling aircraft.
155.3' wings, 267,000#
Blohm & Voss BV 222 Viking planes were mass produced and flew during WWII. They were the largest planes used by the Luftwaffe as production seaplanes deployed during the War.
151' wings, 67,575#
Airbus A300's are among the largest planes flown as passenger carriers. They are the first ever two engine wide cabin planes to fly.
147.1' wings, 198,500#
Mitsubishi Ki-20's were the largest planes that Japan produced as WW II bombers.
144.3' wings, 32,875
Linke-Hofman R.II Largest planes, single propeller driven biplanes. Two bomber prototypes of the planes 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 planes were the first monoplane four engine heavy bombers of the Soviet Union.
137.1' wings, 24,700#
Beriev A-40's are the largest planes currently flying as jet powered seaplanes. Thus far two prototypes have been produced.
135.5' wings, 127,270#
The Tarrant Tabor largest airplane of the time, when produced.
131.1' wings, 24,750#
CANT Z511 largest planes built as seaplanes during WW II.
130.8' wings, 45,000#
DC-7 Largest planes with piston engines built by the Douglas Aircraft Co.
127.5' wings, 72,760#
Curtiss C-46 Commandos twin engine U.S. transports were among the largest planes with twin engines to serve as transports during World War II.
108' wings, 33,000#
The Sikorsky Ilya Murometz were the largest planes used as four engine strategic bombers, when first deployed.
97.8' wings, 6,930#
Tupolev Tu-144's largest planes flown as Russian supersonic airliners.
95.5' wings, 187,400#
ANT-4 Tupolev ANT-4's largest planes flown as Soviet all-metal bombers of their time.
94.1' wings, 9,965#
The Sikorsky Russky Vityaz largest planes with four engines when first flown.
88.6' wings, 7,500#
Short Bombers largest planes 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#