Unless you’re a millionaire, the planes you’ve flown on before are probably pretty small. Cramped spaces, no leg room and noisy neighbors can mean your trip to a tropical destination can be made more than unpleasant. But that’s just how it is for passengers. But what about everything else that needs to be flown around the world? How do you think they get those huge, expensive German cars all the way to America, or deliver worldwide post within 24 hours? The answer: bigger planes.
Now you’re probably trying to think of the logistics of this. How big can a plane be, surely? When you’re trying to squeeze 230 people onto a plane that seems to only comfortably fit half of that, the idea that some planes are so big they can transport houses and more seems impossible. But a lot of these planes don’t look like your average holiday aircraft. Take the Airbus A300-600ST Beluga, for example. Shaped almost like the whale, it’s strange to think it can even lift off of the ground. On our list we also have the An-225 Mriya, which is the world’s largest plane, and the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, which is the United States’ biggest military aircraft.
We bet you’ve never considered how expensive planes are too – it almost puts your airfare price to shame. One of these planes, the Kawasaki C-2, paired with another, costs $2.9 billion in total. And that’s considered cheap. Some of these planes are bought cheaply because the companies buy them in bulk. Then you have others like the KC-747 – which is the only one of its type in the world.