Top 10 Biggest Aircraft In The World
The maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of an aircraft is the main basis of determining the rank of which is the biggest or largest. According to the US Federal Aviation Administration, a large aircraft should have a certified MTOW of greater than 12,500 pounds (5.7 tonnes). Though wingspan, length, width, and empty weight are also part of the criteria. It’s also important to consider the characteristics which include the engine, flight control, payload space, and the structure.
1. Antonov An-225 Mriya
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Antonov An-225 is a strategic airlifter powered by six turbofan engines; the world’s heaviest aircraft ever built in history with a maximum take-off weight of more than 640 tonnes. Its name, Mriya, means “Dream” or inspiration in Ukrainian. This aircraft is popularly recognized as the world’s largest airplane of all time. And is still currently in operational service.
2. Airbus A340
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Its first flight occurred on 21 October 1991. Airbus A340 is a wide-body jet airliner that can accommodate 375 passengers in the standard variants and 440 in the stretched -600 series.
3. Airbus A380
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Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner. It surpassed the Boeing 747 that holds the record for 37 years. Because of its size, many airports have upgraded their facilities for this aircraft to be accommodated.
4. Antonov An-124
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It is the world’s largest military aircraft currently in service. For 40 years, Antonov An-124 was the world’s highest aircraft gross weight production cargo airplane until the Boeing 747-8F.
5. Antonov An-22
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This heavy military cargo aircraft is powered by four turboprop engines and is the largest amongst its type. It was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Soviet Union in the 1960s.
6. Boeing 747
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First flown commercially in 1970, Boeing 747 was considered the highest-capacity passenger aircraft for 37 years surpassed by Airbus A380 in 2005.
7. Boeing 747-8
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It is the largest of the Boeing 747 version, the largest commercial aircraft built in the United States, and the longest passenger aircraft in the world.
8. Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter
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Popularly known as Boeing 747 Dreamlifter, this cargo aircraft is exclusive only for transporting 787 aircraft parts to Boeing’s assembly plants from suppliers around the world.
9. Tupolev ANT – 20
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This is the largest and heaviest aircraft during the 1930s era. It was an eight-engine aircraft with a wingspan similar to a Boeing 747.
10. Dornier Do X
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Dornier Do X is the largest flying boat in the world that can carry up to 100 passengers in short flights and 66 on long flights. It’s also the heaviest and most powerful amongst its type.
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