Where it all started ….
Biplane behemothThe biggest plane of World War I was the Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI. Made of wood, each plane required a ground crew of 50.
Boat with wingsAnother German giant was the Dornier Do X, a flying boat powered by 12 engines which could carry up to 100 passengers. It weighed a massive 56 tonnes.
Super-sized SovietTupolev’s ANT-20 was a propaganda tool, an airliner with a radio station, cinema and photo lab – and a huge engine above the fuselage to help it fly
Iconic bomberWorld War II’s biggest aircraft. Boeing’s B-29 Superfortress dropped the atomic bombs on Japan and ushered in a new age of giant, long-ranged bombers.
Millionaire’s follyEccentric industrialist Howard Hughes’ H-4 Hercules has the largest wingspan of any plane; but the giant ‘Spruce Goose’ flew only a handful of times.
Cold War giantThe Convair B-36 Peacemaker was the world’s first intercontinental bomber, and…
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