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New Superjumbo Touching Down at JFK


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"The latest jetliner to claim the title of world's biggest passenger aircraft completed its inaugural flight to the United States on Monday, flying on football field-length wings and a prayer that airlines will want to shell out $300 million to buy the behemoth double-decker jet.


The four-engine Airbus A380 descended from a sunny sky and touched down at John F. Kennedy In ternational Airport at about 11:10 p.m. CDT, to the cheers of onlookers."



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It's a huge flying fortress and I wonder how many airports can actually accommodate it.


The C-5 remained the world's largest plane until the introduction of the An-124, and the C-5 has since been surpassed by the An-225, enlarged models of the 747, and the new A380 as well. The current ranking of the world's largest aircraft by maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) is shown in the following table.



Rank Aircraft MTOW [lb] Notes

1. An-225 Mriya 1,300,000 -

2. Airbus A380 1,230,000 -

3. Boeing 747-400ER 910,000 the 747-8 under development will reach 960,000 lb

4. An-124 Ruslan 892,870 -

5. C-5 Galaxy 840,000 wartime max load, peacetime load is limited to 769,000 lb

6. Airbus A340-600 HGW 837,755 high-gross weight variant


With a wingspan of 223 ft, the C-5 currently ranks sixth after the Spruce Goose (320 ft), An-225 (290 ft), A380 (262 ft), An-124 (240 ft), and a tie between the Brabazon and B-36 (230 ft). The C-5 has a larger span than the 747-400 (211 ft) but will soon be narrowly beaten by the new 747-8 variant with a wingspan of nearly 225 ft.





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Gross? Let me guess. It uses fuel. The article doesn't say what the fuel consumption is for the Airbus, but it does say that Boeing's new additon will use 20% less fuel than their other planes.

No, you guessed wrong (wouldn't be the first time). I wasn't thinking fuel. I was thinking overstuffed and needs to eat less fast food and go on a diet gross.

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