Not only is it used to transport passengers, there is a cargo plane that is used to transport goods. As we know, cargo planes are generally larger than commercial aircraft. But, do you know, is there a cargo plane that has a unique and quirky shape?
Well, no need to ado, just take a look at the list below, let’s!
1. Antonov AN-225 Mriya
Calling the cargo plane feels incomplete if you don’t call the Antonov AN-225 Mriya. Yep, this one plane is among the most popular. What’s more if it wasn’t for the gigantic size!
The aircraft is 275 feet (83.8 meters), has a wingspan of 290 feet (88.4 meters) and weighs 285 tons, according to the Gizmodo page. Also equipped with six jet engines on both wings.
The Antonov AN-225 Mriya unloads through the nose. Besides that, you can also transport other smaller planes!
FYI, when it was first launched in 1988, this aircraft was 50 percent larger than the average aircraft at that time. This aircraft has a top speed of up to 850 km per hour.
2. Boeing 747 Dreamlifter
Let’s get acquainted with the Boeing 747 Dreamlifter. This cargo plane has a length of 235 feet 2 inches (71.68 meters), a wingspan of 211 feet 5 inches (64.4 meters), a height of 70 feet 8 inches (21.54 meters) with an empty weight of 180.5 tons and can carry maximum load up to 364.2 tons. Fantastic!
The Boeing 747 Dreamlifter was first launched on August 17, 2006 at the Taipei Taoyuan International Airport hangar. The cargo section has a volume of 1,840 m³ and a maximum payload capacity of 113,400 kg. A huge one!
3. Aero Spacelines Super Guppy
It’s different from Aero Spacelines Super Guppy. This cargo plane is the successor to the success of Aero Spacelines Pregnant Guppy. The aircraft operated by four crews has 143 feet 10 inches (43.84 meters), wingspan 156 feet 3 inches (47.625 meters), 48 feet 6 inches (14.78 meters) high and 46 tons empty weight.
This aircraft can fly up to a maximum speed of 463 km per hour. Aero Spacelines Super Guppy was made by Airbus, first launched on August 31, 1965. Even so, this aircraft is still actively operated by NASA, you know!
4. Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
Cargo aircraft are used for various purposes, one of which is in the military. Let’s get acquainted with the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy! The aircraft is 247 feet 1 inch (75.31 meters), wingspan 222 feet 9 inches (67.89 meters), height 65 feet 1 inch (19.84 meters) and has an empty weight of 172.37 tons and maximum speed 855 km per hour. So fast!
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is used by the United States air force. The C-5 is the largest military cargo aircraft in the world and has been operated since 1969. Besides being used for conflict in various countries, such as Vietnam, Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan, the C-5 is also used to support humanitarian aid and disasters.
5. Airbus Beluga XL
Finally, we have Airbus Beluga XL! From the shape, we are sure to fall in love. Yep, Beluga XL is inspired by beluga whales. The design is more unique with added ornaments such as smiling eyes and lips. Really cute!
Airbus Beluga XL has a length of 63.1 meters, wingspan of 60.3 meters, height of 18.9 meters and an empty weight of 127.5 tons and is capable of flying up to speeds of 737 km per hour. Beluga XL can carry loads up to 50.5 tons.