The idea of huge aircrafts started long time ago and has continued to surprise many people. Some of these planes became popular during the Cold War and World War II. One of the most popular ww2 aircraft was the Spruce Goose which was initially designed as a cargo plane. During the time of its creation, the plane stood out as the largest aircraft and continues to hold the title of the largest flying boat in the world.
With that said, we’ll try to look at some of the largest plane in the world both operational and the used airplanes as we attempt rank them. The aircraft registration number will be used to identify these planes as we rank them using their average length and their wingtip.
Here is a list of the top ten biggest planes in the world:
The H-4 Hercules otherwise known as Spruce Goose is one of the biggest used airplanes in the world. A creation of Howard Huge, the Edsel is a sea plane standing at 218 feet, 6 inches long and boasts of a wingspan 320 feet. It weighs 400,000 pounds. The plane was used as a ww2 aircraft.
The large capacity medium to long range plane measures 208 feet, 1 inch long with a wingspan of 197 feet, 10 inches. It weighs about 515,700 pounds and was fist flown in 1992. The aircraft boast of carrying a passenger capacity of 295 in three classes.
Without a doubt, the Boeing 747 has been the workhorse of all passenger planes. The airplane weighs about 875,000 pounds, is 231 feet, 10 inches long and has a wingspan of 211 feet, 5 inches long. It is commonly referred to as Jumbo Jet because of its carrying capacity (400 passengers).
This aircraft registration number comes in seventh in our list of the largest airplanes in the world. The plane weighs 807, 400 pounds. It was first introduced into the industry in 1984. The Airbus A340-600 is 242 feet, 4 inches long and has a wingspan of 208 feet, 2 inches.
It was first unveiled in 2003 as a passenger plane. It weighs around 775, 000 pounds and can carry up to 365 passengers in a distance of about 7,000 nautical miles. It measures, 242 feet, 4 inches long and has a wingspan of about 212 feet, 7 inches.
The U.S Air Force operated aircraft weighs about 840,000 pounds. In the late 60s, it was the largest operating airplane. It is known with the aircraft registration of C-5 Galaxy. The plane is 247 feet, 10 inches long with a wingspan of about 222 feet, 9 inches.
The strategic airlift jet was designed by Antonov design bureau found in Ukraine. It was part of the Soviet Union. It ranks as the second highest production cargo planes and the world’s third heaviest cargo planes.
KM Caspian Sea Monster
The plane ranks amongst the used airplanes that were very popular during the Cold War. It weighs about, 1,080,000 pounds, has a wingspan of about 131 feet and boasts of being 348 feet long.
This aircraft is the new king of passenger planes. The plane weighs 1,305,000 pounds, is 239 feet, 3 inches long and has a wingspan of 261 feet, 8 inches.
Antonov An-225 Mriya
Topping our list of the biggest aircrafts in the world is the Antonov An-225 Mriya. The cargo ship was designed in 1980s and has a maximum take-off weight of about 640 tonnes.