World’s Largest Airplane(s)
Videos and illustrations list of the world’s largest airplane(s) throughout aviation history. Includes, specifications, and a guide to RC airplanes.
500 foot wings, 2,800,000 pounds
The longest vehicle ever to take to the sky was the Hindenburg Air Ship. In its final configuration it carried a crew of about 60 and had 72 sleeping berths. Its cruising speed was 76 mph. Its first flight was on March 4, 1936. On May 6, 1937 it met its demise.
803.8 feet long, 511,500 pounds
HAV AIRLANDER 10
365.5 feet length, 44,000 pounds
320.1 foot wings, 300,000 pounds
291.1 foot wings, 1,179,500 pounds
261.7 foot wings, 608,400 pounds
240.5 foot wings, 385,000 pounds
230 foot wings, 135,230 pounds
LOCKHEED C-5 GALAXY
The still deployed Lockheed C-5 Galaxy airplanes have the ability to carry all air certified cargo and have among the greatest cargo capacity of any aircraft.
SAUNDERS ROE PRINCESS
219.5 foot wings, 190,000 pounds
Douglas XB-19’s were the largest U.S. bombers when first produced.
212 foot wings, 140,250 pounds
211.3 foot wings, 251,350 pounds
Tupolev ANT-20 were the largest airplanes of their time.
206.7 foot wings, 62,700 pounds
199.9 foot wings 367,000 pounds
LOCKHEED R6V CONSTITUTION
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189.1 foot wings, 113,780 pounds
174.4 foot wings, 167,000 pounds
AERO SPACELINES SUPER GUPPY
156.3 foot wings, 101,500 pounds
BOEING B-29 SUPERFORTRESS
141.2 foot wings, 70,000 pounds
CASPIAN SEA MONSTER
141,1 foot wings, 839,594 pounds
The Felixstowe Fury was the largest triplane seaplane ever built.
123 foot wings, 18,550 pounds
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 foot wings, 10,650 pounds
73.5 foot wings, 6,812 pounds
ANTONOV AN-2 COLT
59.7 foot wings, 7,600 pounds
230.1 foot wings, 171,000 pounds.
224.6 foot wings, 472,900 pounds
Airbus A340-600’s are among the largest airplanes. They are the second longest mass produced aircraft.
208 foot wings, 392,000 pounds
Nakajima G10N Fugaku’s were to be the largest airplanes 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 foot wings, 96,600 pounds
The Martin Mars water bombers are the largest airplanes that were prop driven water bombers, and the largest production seaplanes. The aircraft, which were produced in 1945, were recently retired.
202.5 foot wings, 76,600 pounds
Blohm & Voss BV 238 was a one of a kind Luftwaffe WW II seaplane. It was their largest airplane ever built during World War II.
197.4 foot wings, 120,600 pounds
The Boeing/Evergreen 747 Supertanker, a converted Boeing 747-400, is the world’s largest airplane blaze fighting tanker. It has a capacity of 19,600 gallons.
211.5 foot wings, 404,600 pounds
The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress are the largest airplanes used as U.S. jet bombers and the backbone of today’s U.S. heavy bomber fleet.
184.9 foot wings, 185,000 pounds
Messerschmidt Me-323’s largest airplanes were essentially gliders fitted with motors. They were used as Luftwaffe WW II transports.
183.1 foot wings, 34,000 pounds
Tupolev Tu-160’s are the largest airplanes flown as the world’s heaviest bombers.
182.8 foot wings, 242,500 pounds
Two Northrop XB-35’s were produced. They were the largest prop driven airplanes ever manufactured as flying wings. They never went into production.
172.1 foot wings 90,000 pounds
Junkers Ju 390’s were among the largest airplanes that Germany built as long range WW II bomber prototypes.
165.1 foot wings, 87,100 pounds
McDonnell Douglas DC-10 are among the largest airplanes flying today as cargo planes, water bombers, and USAF air-to-air refueling aircraft.
155.3 foot wings, 267,000 pounds
Blohm & Voss BV 222 Viking aircraft were mass produced and flew during WWII. They were the largest airplanes used by the Luftwaffe as production seaplanes deployed during the War.
151 foot wings, 67,575 pounds
Airbus A300’s are among the largest airplanes flown as passenger carriers. They are the first ever two engine wide cabin aircraft to fly.
147.1 foot wings, 198,500 pounds
Mitsubishi Ki-20’s were the largest airplanes that Japan produced as WW II bombers.
144.3 foot wings, 32,875 pounds
Linke-Hofman R.II were the largest airplanes, 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 foot wings, 17,640 pounds
137.1 foot wings, 24,700 pounds
Beriev A-40’s are the largest airplanes currently flying as jet powered seaplanes. Thus far two prototypes have been produced.
135.5 foot wings, 127,270 pounds
The Tarrant Tabor was the largest airplane of the time, when produced.
131.1 foot wings, 24,750 pounds
CANT Z511 were the largest airplanes built as seaplanes during World War Two.
130.8 foot wings, 45,000 pounds
Douglas DC-7 were the largest airplanes with piston engines built by the Douglas Aircraft Co.
127.5 foot wings, 72,760 pounds
Curtiss C-46 Commando twin engine U.S. transports were among the largest airplanes with twin engines to serve as transports during World War II.
108 foot wings, 33,000 pounds
The Sikorsky Ilya Murometz were the largest airplanes used as four engine strategic bombers, when first deployed.
97.8 foot wings, 6,930 pounds
Tupolev Tu-144 were the largest airplanes flown as Russian supersonic airliners.
95.5 foot wings, 187,400 pounds
Tupolev ANT-4’s largest airplanes of their time flown as Soviet all-metal bombers .
94.1 foot wings, 9,965 pounds
The Sikorsky Russky Vityaz were the largest airplanes with four engines when first flown.
88.6 foot wings, 7,500 pounds
Short Bombers were the largest airplanes produced as single engine biplanes. They also 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 foot wings, 5,000 pounds