Have you ever wondered about the biggest and heaviest flying machines....aircrafts. These airplanes actually rule our skies. Below are the world’s largest airplanes, by takeoff weight.
1. Antonov An-225
The An-225 has a maximum takeoff weight of over 1.3 million pounds (600,000 kg) and is the world’s largest plane. The jet was built in the Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union, and is used strictly as a cargo transport.
2. Airbus A380
The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest passenger jet, and the second largest airplane with a takeoff weight of just over 1.23 million pounds (560,000 kg).
3. Antonov An-124
The An-124 is the predecessor to the An-225, and has a takeoff weight of approximately 900,000 pounds (405,000 kg). As with the larger An-225, this super cargo jet was intended for Soviet military transport and not commercial use.
4. Boeing 747
Tied with the Soviet An-124, the 747 is the world’s fourth largest airplane with a maximum weight of 900,000 pounds.
5. C-5 Galaxy
The C-5 Galaxy has a takeoff weight of 769,000 pounds (348,818 kg), and is the largest airlifter in the American Air Force inventory. The C-5 can carry more than any other American airlifter. It has the ability to carry 36 standard pallets and up to 81 troops simultaneously. The Galaxy also carries all of the US Army’s air-transportable combat equipment, including such bulky items as its 74-ton mobile scissors bridge from the United States to any theater of combat on the globe.
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