With huge budgets and some of the best minds on the planet at their disposal, the militaries of the world have created some pretty amazing technology. Aircraft, especially transport aircraft which must be both large and maneuverable in times of trouble, is an area where they truly excel. Sit back and enjoy a retrospective of some of most massive planes in the history of the military. You’ll be amazed at what they can engineer to carry tremendous amounts of men and cargo and still stay afloat!
Length: 182 ft 6 in
One of the biggest planes is also one of the oldest. The Convair XC-99 first flew back in 1947, was introduced in 1949, and ultimately retired in 1957.
Length: 226 ft 3 in
The aircraft was designed in the 1980’s by the Antonov design bureau in the Ukranian SSR. It has since become synonymous both in military and commercial aviation circles, seeing more than 50 units produced.