10 Largest Military Planes In History

10. Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant

Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant
Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant

The German Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant is considered as one of the massive planes ever built. It was the powered version of the Me 321 glider and was fitted with six engines. It can carry 130 troops, light vehicles and 10 tons of cargo and the maximum payload was around 12 tonnes. This military plane is very large and  slow which make it an easy target for enemy fighter planes.

9. Boeing B29 Superfortress

Boeing B29 Superfortress
Boeing B29 Superfortress

Boeing B29 Superfortress was introduced in 1944 and was considered as one of the largest strategic bombers in the world. It featured a pressurized cabin, all dual wheeled, tricycle landing gears, and a remote, electronic fire-control system that controlled four machine gun turrets, making it the most advanced bomber of its time. It weighs about 37 tons. It is almost 100 feet long and has a 141-foot wingspan. It is the largest strategic bomber of the time.

8. Blohm und Voss BV 238

Boeing B29 Superfortress
Boeing B29 Superfortress

Blohm und Voss BV 238 is the military plane that was introduced by Germany and was first flown in 1944. It was the heaviest aircraft that has been flown up to that point in history as the largest axis aircraft of the Second World War. This military plane was constructed during the Second World War. It weighs about 60 tons empty. It has 197 feet wingspan armed with 22 machine guns and light cannons and crewed by 12 people. It can carry up to 20 bombs or four guided missiles for use against ships. It was best used against the navies of allied forces.

7. Martin JRM Mars

Martin JRM Mars
Martin JRM Mars

Martin JRM Mars is considered as a largest flying boat to ever enter production. In Second World War, the US Navy considered this as a massive aircraft that can be used for patrol and transport duties in the Pacific theaters. It is powered by four engines. It has a 200-foot wingspan. It is 38 feet tall and 117 feet long. It carries 130 passengers, 16 tons of cargo and light vehicles. For patrol purposes, it carries enough fuel to fly nearly 8000 km. It is considered one of the massive planes that can be used as a water bomber.

6. Convair B-36

Convair B-36
Convair B-36

Convair B-36 is the largest mass-produced piston engine aircraft. A kit was introduced when jet aircraft became the norm. It was initially conceived as a bomber that strikes Nazi Germany and later Japan from the United States. It was the only aircraft in service that carries nuclear weapons to the USSR. It was the primary strategic bomber in the US nuclear. It had a 230-foot wingspan and was powered by six-piston and four jet engines. It had a crew of 13 and can carry 40 tons of bombs over 6400km

5. Convair XC-99

Convair XC-99
Convair XC-99

Convair XC-99 was developed from the B-36 Peacemaker bomber. It was the most impressive aircraft. Convair XC-99 has the same wings and engine as its bomber version. It supports a double decker cargo bay. It is also 182 feet long, 20 feet more than the bomber version which makes this the largest piston-engine plane ever. The kit can carry up to 50 tons of cargo or 400 fully equipped soldiers. In 1957, it was retired because it eas too big and expensive and the current fleet of smaller cargo aircraft suited the needs of US armed forces.

4. Antonov An-124

Antonov An-124
Antonov An-124

Antonov An-124 is the world’s heaviest military cargo plane that was introduced in Russia. It is powered by four massive turbofan engines.it is 68 feet tall and 240-foot wingspan and is 226 feet long. It has large carrying abilities. It can carry up to 150 tons over 3000 km. It is the first cargo plane that can carry up to 350 people in the modified cargo bay. During operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, it performed extra hauling activities.

3. Boeing B-52

Boeing B-52
Boeing B-52

Boeing B-52 was introduced in 1962. It is three tons lighter than the US B1 lancer. Its 159-foot length and 185-foot wingspan make it the largest bomber in US service. It can carry everything from nuclear cruise missiles, anti-ship missiles, and conventional bombs. It provides the US military with considerable punch. This missile bomber has a greater life expectancy than crew flying it.

2. Tupolev Tu-160

Tupolev Tu-160
Tupolev Tu-160

Tupolev Tu-160 was introduced in late 1980’s and was introduced by SOVIET UNION having many features of B1 Lancer, but it was much bigger than b1 lancer. This Russian bomber has 189-foot wingspan and is 177 feet long. At current Black Jack is the largest military aircraft. Tu-160 is also the heaviest military airplane regarding its takeoff weight having a weight of 300 tons. It can fly twice at the speed of sound carry up to 44 tons of bombs and cruise missiles. Currently, 16 military planes are in service along with the Russian forces.

1. Antonov AN-225

Antonov AN-225
Antonov AN-225

Antonov AN-225 is on the top of the list of a military cargo plane. It takes off at 275 feet long with a weight of 640 tons. Antonov An225 is the longest and heaviest plane ever built. It has 290-foot wingspan means it is the largest wingspan of any current operational airplane. It has 142 feet long cargo hold that is longer than the distance covered by the first Wright flyer. It looks like an An-124 with extra engines. It is a strategic military transport capable of carrying around 270 tons. It is considered as a heaviest and largest military cargo plane.

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