The Biggest Aircraft ?

The Biggest Aircraft ?

What is the Biggest Aircraft in the World??”


Aircraft, one of the most needed transportation in the world. When you talk about global transportation, aircraft is the first word that come when you talk about transportation. It’s been a century since the Wrights Brother made their successful flight ever in history of mankind.

Wrights Brother first flight

What used to be the first aircraft took dramatically change of nowadays aircraft. Boeing, Airbus, Antonov, and other aircraft manufactures made lots of change of nowadays modern aircraft. But the recent popular demand of aircraft is a jumbo jet, or we call it a large aircraft. Because of the size, jumbo jet can take lots of people, or things, more efficiently. It can reduce the cost of fuel consumption, time, etc, compare to the smaller aircraft.

Here, we compare the biggest jumbo jet in the world, The Antonov An-225, The Airbus A380, and The Boeing 747-800.

Antonov An-225

Antonov An-225

The Antonov An-225 is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s. It is the world’s heaviest airplane. It can hold about 200 tons, and weight about 600 tons !! It is equal to a 60 male Elephant in total. It is so heavy, that 28 landing gear in total is needed to accommodate the weight of the aircraft.

Here are the full specification of the Antonov An-225

  • Antonov An-225
    General characteristics

    • Crew: 6
    • Payload: 250,000 kg (550,000 lb)
    • Door dimensions: 440 x 640 cm (14.4 x 21 ft)
    • Length: 84 m (275.6 ft)
    • Wingspan: 88.4 m (290 ft 2 in)
    • Height: 18.1 m (59.3 ft)
    • Wing area: 905 m2 (9,743.7 ft2))
    • Aspect ratio: 8.6
    • Cargo Volume: 1,300 m3 (46,000 cu ft)
    • Empty weight: 285,000 kg (628,315 lb)
    • Max takeoff weight: 640,000 kg[9][10][11] (1,323,000 lb)
    • Powerplant: 6× ZMKB Progress D-18 turbofans, 229.5 kN (51,600 lbf) each
    • Takeoff run: 3,500 m (11,500 ft) with maximum payload

    Performance

    • Maximum speed: 850 km/h (460 knots, 530 mph)
    • Cruise speed: 800 km/h (430 knots, 500 mph)
    • Range:
      • With maximum fuel: 15,400 km (9,570 mi)
      • With maximum payload: 4,000 km (2,500 mi))
    • Service ceiling: 11,000 m (36,100 ft)
    • Wing loading: 662.9 kg/m² (135.5 lb/ft²)
    • Thrust/weight: 0.234

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      Antonov An-225 carrying space shuttle


Airbus A380

Airbus A380

Airbus A380 is a passenger airliner that is manufactured

by the European corporation Airbus, a part from EADS. It is the largest and the highest-capacity passenger jet in the world. It can contain maximum of 853 passenger, all in economy class. That’s about 4 times of Boeing 737- 400 full capacity. The Aircraft made it’s first commercial flight from Singapore to Australia with Singapore Airlines.

Here are the full specification of the Airbus A380 :

Measurement A380-800
Cockpit crew Two
Seating capacity 525 (3-class)
644 (2-class)
853 (1-class)
Length overall 72.73 m (238.6 ft)
Wingspan 79.75 m (261.6 ft)
Height 24.45 m (80.2 ft)
Wheelbase 33.58 m (110.2 ft) wing landing gear
36.85 m (120.9 ft) body landing gear[219]
Wheel track 12.46 m (40.9 ft)
Outside fuselage width 7.14 m (23.4 ft)
Outside fuselage height 8.41 m (27.6 ft)
Maximum cabin width 6.58 m (21.6 ft) Main deck
5.92 m (19.4 ft) Upper deck (floor level)
Cabin length 49.9 m (164 ft) Main deck
44.93 m (147.4 ft) Upper deck
Wing area 845 m2 (9,100 sq ft)
Aspect ratio 7.5
Wing sweep 33.5°
Maximum taxi/ramp weight 571,000 kg (1,260,000 lb)
Maximum take-off weight 569,000 kg (1,250,000 lb)
Maximum landing weight 391,000 kg (860,000 lb)
Maximum zero fuel weight 366,000 kg (810,000 lb)
Typical Operating empty weight 276,800 kg (610,000 lb)
Maximum structural payload 89,200 kg (197,000 lb)
Maximum cargo volume 176 m3 (6,200 cu ft)
Maximum operating speed
at cruise altitude
Mach 0.89
(945 km/h, 587 mph, 510 knots)
Maximum design speed
in dive at cruise altitude
Mach 0.96
(at cruise altitude: 1020 km/h, 634 mph, 551 knots)
Take off run at MTOW/SL ISA 2,750 m (9,020 ft)
Range at design load 15,400 km (8,300 nmi, 9,500 mi)
Service ceiling 13,115 m (43,028 ft)
Maximum fuel capacity 323,546 L
(85,472 US gal)
Engines (4 x) GP7270 (A380-861)
Trent 970/B (A380-841)
Trent 972/B (A380-842)
Thrust (4 x) 311 kN (70,000 lbf) – 355 kN (80,000 lbf)

Airbus A380 nose view

A380

Airbus A380 side view

Boeing 747-8

Boeing 747-8

Boeing 747-8 is the 8 generation of the Boeing 747 family. It’s improvement is lengthened fuselage, redesigned wings and improved efficiency. Because of the lengthened fuselage, it declared the Boeing 747-8 as the longest

passenger aircraft in the world with length of 76.25 m, surpassing former world record holder, the Airbus A380, by some 1 meter. It is equivalent almost as the length of a football pitch.

Here are the full specification of the Boeing 747-8 :

747-8
Cockpit crew Two
Seating capacity 467 (3-class)
Overall length 250 ft 2 in (76.25 m)
Wingspan 224 ft 7 in (68.45 m)
Height 63 ft 6 in (19.35 m)
Cabin width 20.1 ft (6.1 m)
Maximum take-off weight 975,000 lb (442,000 kg)
Maximum landing weight 682,000 lb (309,000 kg)
Maximum zero fuel weight 642,000 lb (291,000 kg)
Operating empty weight 470,100 lb (213,200 kg)
Maximum structural payload 171,900 lb (78,000 kg)
Maximum fuel capacity 64,055 US gallons (242,470 l)
Cruising speed
at 35,000 feet
Mach 0.855
(570 mph, 495 kn, 917 km/h)
Maximum speed
at 35,000 ft
Mach 0.92 (614 mph, 533 kn, 988 km/h)
Range (at MTOW) 8,000 nmi (15,000 km)
with 467 passengers and baggage
Cargo capacity 5,705 cu ft (161.5 m3)
Service ceiling 43,000 ft (13,000 m)
Engines (4x) GEnx-2B67
Thrust (4x) 66,500 lbf (296 kN)

Boeing 747 Interior Design

Boeing 747-8 front view

Giant aircraft comparison

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