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7. Antonov An-22
The Antonov An-22 also known as the Antei, is a heavy military transport aircraft hailing from the Soviet Union. The Antonov, which is mostly used for major military and humanitarian airlifts, is powered by four turbopop engines each utilizing contra-rotating propellers. With the capacity to carry nearly 80 tons, a wingspan of
211 ft, a 41 ft height, 190 ft in length and capacity to transport
290 passengers, this is one big plane.
6. Antonov An-124
The Antonov An-124 is a strategic airlift jet that made its first flight in 1982. It was the heaviest aircraft gross production cargo plane and second heaviest operating cargo aircraft for 30 years, prior to the 747.
The An-124's design includes double fuselage to allow for a rear cargo door that is capable of opening in flight without affecting the structural integrity. It uses oleo strut suspension for its 24 wheels and has been calibrated to land on rough terrain. The plane contains an on-board overhead crane capable of lifting up to 30 tonnes of cargo, and items up to 120 tonnes can be winched on board.
Up to 150 tonnes of cargo can be carried in a military An-124, and 88 passengers can be carried in the upper deck.
5. Airbus A340-600
The long-range, four-engine, wide-body commercial passenger jet
Airbus A340-600, was designed to replace early generation 747s.
This aircraft has the capacity to carry 379 passengers in a
in a three-class cabin layout. It provides similar passenger capacity to a 747 but with 25 percent more cargo volume at 7330 cubic feet,
and at lower trip cost. The Airbus A340 made its first flight in 2001, and was made commercial in 2002 by Virgin Atlantic.
This beast of an aircraft has a range that lies at 7800 nautical miles, has a wingspan of 208 ft, length of 247 ft, and a height of 56 ft.
The Boeing 747-400 made technological improvements
to become the best selling model of all 747s. The 400 kept its four-engine wide-body layout of earlier models and made changes with its 6-foot winglets mounted on 6-foot wing tip extensions.
The 747-400 D carries a max capacity of 660 passengers, and can fly non-stop for 7,670 nautical miles-- a range that was very appealing to airlines. Northwest Airlines placed the aircraft into service in 1989, and has created several variations-- with the 400ERF being the latest being produced in 2009.
3. Boeing 747-8i
The Boeing 747-8 is a wide-body jet airliner developed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Officially announced in 2005, the 747-8 is the third generation of the 747, with a lengthened fuselage, redesigned wings, and improved efficiency. The 747-8 is the largest 747 version, the largest commercial aircraft built in the United States, and the longest passenger aircraft in the world.
2. Airbus A380-800
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by European manufacturer Airbus. It is the world's largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. It was initially named Airbus A3XX and designed to challenge Boeing's monopoly in the large-aircraft market. The A380 made its first flight on 27 April 2005 and entered commercial service on 25 October 2007 with Singapore Airlines. An improved version, the A380plus, is under development.
1. Antonov An-225 Mriya
The Antonov An-225 Mriya is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian SSR within the Soviet Union during the 1980s. It is powered by six turbofan engines and is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 710 tons. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service. The single example built has the Ukrainian civil registration UR-82060.
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