This plane was built by the Soviet Union in 1985. It has an empty weight of 628,317 lb (285,000 kg) and is over 275 ft long (84 m)!
The fastest air-breathing manned aircraft (so no space shuttles!). In 1976, one of these awesome jets was flown at a speed of 2,193.2 mph (3,529.6 km/h)!
This British plane is a favorite with airplane enthusiasts, and rightly so! Its distinctive looks combined with its renowned wartime service add to its popularity.
Although one of these bombers "only" costs $737 million (1997 price), the total cost of the program ended up at the equivalent of $2.13 billion per aircraft!
Famously known as the Spruce Goose, this was the largest flying boat ever made. It had an incredible wingspan of 320 ft 11 in (97.54 m)!
In 1903, the Wright brothers (Orville and Wilbur) proved to the world that man could take to the skies, however briefly. The first flight barely lasted three seconds!
It was once possible to zip across the Atlantic in one of these pointy-nosed beauties! It had a maximum speed of Mach 2.04 (about 1,354 mph, 2,179 km/h, 1,176 knots)!
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