Biggest Planes in the World

There are many ways to measure a plane so listing the biggest planes in the world can be somewhat confusing.  Included in this list are some of the most massive aircraft to every take flight.  Whether you’re looking at wing-span, total take off weight or the number of passengers which can fit on the plane, each of these is impressive in their own way.  Both military and civilian aircraft are included in this list so get ready to learn about some of the worlds largest aircraft.

Antonov AN-225
This huge jet plane was built in the Ukraine while it was part of the Soviet Union.  It is the largest plane in the world in terms of its maximum takeoff weight.  This incredible plane can take off with a total weight of over 1.3 million pounds.   It was originally built to carry Soviet space shuttles, but it is now used to carry all types of large cargo.  Only one of these giant planes was ever built.  This plane’s predecessor, the AN-124 is tied for third place for heaviest total take-off weight at over 900,000 pounds.  The Boeing 747 can also take off with that much weight..

Airbus A380
This new plane from Airbus is the second largest plane in terms of total weight at takeoff.  This monstrous jet can take off with up to 1.23 million pounds.  It is able to carry over 550 passengers and fly intercontinental flights.  This is also the newest plane on this list, only seeing commercial service since 2007.  It is a double deck-er, four engine plane which also holds the record for the largest commercial plane in the world.

Airbus 360-600
This huge plane ranks second in terms of total length for civilian aircraft.  It is 75.36M long and can carry 379 passengers in the cabin.  It has the ability to fly 7500 nautical miles before requiring a stop for refueling.

Tupolev Tu-160
This is the heaviest combat aircraft ever built.  It is a supersonic heavy bomber which was developed for the Soviet Union in the early 1980’s.   In addition to being the largest combat aircraft, it is also the largest supersonic aircraft and the largest variable-sweep aircraft.  It also allows for the heaviest takeoff weight of any non-transport class plane.

Boeing B-29 Superfortress
This plane ranked as the largest in the world from 1942 to 1943.  It was one of the largest bombers used during world war II.  This plane was designed as a high-altitude daytime bomber, and was also used for lower altitude bombing runs at night.  This bomber was also used to carry the atomic bombs which were used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to help bring about the end of World War II.

Airbus A380-900
While not yet in service, this experimental plane by Boeing is designed to become the heaviest capacity passenger aircraft in history.  It is currently in development but will have capacity for 650 passengers.  This particular plane is currently on hold while Boeing focuses on improving the Airbus A380 which has had some problems with the initial orders of the huge plane.

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