Giant Aircraft of the Sky

This week on Key.Aero, we’re celebrating all things big! From the Boeing 747 to the Bristol Brabazon, and the B-52 to the Beluga XL, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out our wide-ranging articles on some of the largest aircraft ever to have graced the world’s skies.

A C-5M Super Galaxy lifts off from Dover AFB. US Air Force photo/Roland Balik Feature Premium

C-5M Super Galaxy: Upgrading the USAF's Giant

Clive Bennett visited Dover AFB to hear about C-5 Galaxy operations as examples of the latest C-5M Super Galaxy variant entered service with the USAF. This article first appeared in the July 2013 issue of Aviation News

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Boeing 747: the complete story of the revolutionary Jumbo Jet

As the final Boeing 747 delivery fast approaches, Gerry Sweet looks back to assess how far this revolutionary airliner has developed.

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Everything you need to know about the Ilyushin Il-76

The Ilyushin Il-76 has been the most important transport aircraft in the Russian Air Force inventory since the 1970s. Production has restarted after a two-decade hiatus on an updated version of a type that has also served as a tanker, early warning platform and civilian freighter, among other duties. Piotr Butowski examines the type’s history.

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Jumbo testing: Boeing's chief 747 pilot on developing the -8

Back in 2017 and long before the COVID-19 pandemic had dealt a cruel blow to the Jumbo, Airliner World spoke to Mark Feuerstein who was then Boeing’s chief pilot, 747 Programs, about his role in the development of the -8 variant. Feuerstein retired from the company in 2021.

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Is the C-17 one of history's most capable airlifters?

Tom Kaminski examines the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, which has proved to be a very capable airlifter

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Convair B-36 Peacemaker: The World’s Biggest Bomber

In the March 2014 issue of Aviation News, Doug Gordon told the story of the world’s largest bomber, Convair’s B-36 Peacemaker, Strategic Air Command’s first intercontinental nuclear delivery platform

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ICBM missileer to B-52 pilot on Gulf War missions – an extraordinary career

The October 2017 issue of Aviation News featured Tom Kaminski’s article on how a USAF officer who initially undertook nuclear alert underground on ICBMs went on to pilot B-52s and command the type’s weapons school

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The story behind the massive Antonov An-124

Named Ruslan by the Russians and Ukrainians and Condor by NATO, the Antonov An-124 is the world’s heaviest series-made military transport aircraft as well as being used by a number of civilian companies.  In the March 2016 issue of Aviation News, Piotr Butowski profiled this giant heavy hauler

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Boeing 747 vs Airbus A380: how do they compare?

The four-engine 747 and A380 are the Hercules of the skies. Michael Doran looks at how these two aircraft match up.

Four Super Guppy aircraft proved invaluable for Airbus, ferrying large sections of airliners between its productions sites.  Key Collection Feature Premium

Guppy Giants – Outsize Airlifters

In the April 2015 issue of ‘Aviation News’ Charles Kennedy detailed the extraordinary Guppy aircraft based on the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser and military C-97s, which as well as hauling outsize cargo, once played an important role in NASA’s quest to get a man on the Moon