Ranking around Largest Military planes to touch the skies



Looking around the airplanes and military, there has been a start for this since the year 1913. The planes since years have outgrown and received varied modern engineering works. Hereinbelow is a short overview of the best of largest Military planes which touched the sky, till date.


  • Boeing B-29 Superfortress was another one to find a way during World War II, helping the United States. It was a build of 1943 and was one amazing to lead the way to victory for battle during the Korean war. It was a modern build with 4 engines and was one expensive weapon of the decade.
  • It started with the Zeppelin-Staaken R.VI, with the ongoing trends over the planes. This wooden plane was one biggest build of the time. Ranked at 25th it was one debut in the World War I. It did turn around many heads and was the one with an enclosed cockpit.
  • North American XB-70 Valkyrie in the 1950s, with huge speed, with a climb of 70,000 feet elevation and a title of indestructible force, this plane was one best to fight along in late 50s.
  • Xian H-6 Bomber was an introduction by Chinese in the late 60s and is still operated by China with about 120 twin-engine jet bomber. The same of such places was quite a fortune.
  • Tu-154 Special missions Aircraft, one best deal by Soviets is a military plane used for special missions which help capture electromagnetic signals and picture. It is like a flying ultrasound.
  • Martin JRM Mars was one strong weapon with Americans during World War II. It had 7 models which helped a lot during and after the war when it became used for civilians.
  • Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules, the one from the 90s was one of the top war machines. It was introduced by the American air force and is active around serving across the world for 15 militaries.
  • Kawanishi H8K was another hit by Japanese for long distances, across the oceans.
  • Kalinin K-7 was one standalone in the line in the 1930s when the same was constructed by the Soviet Union. It was a help but didn’t serve long due to additional needs of it from time to time caused due to flaws.
  • Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is one famous in line, for its capabilities and efficiency in fuel in the 1950s. it served its purpose well by carrying a huge load of nuclear weapons around during the cold war. These planes are still operational around.
  • Antonov An-22 “Antei”, is one standard-setter for the military cargo planes. It holds the title of Largest Turboprop aircraft and is the one with remarkable agile. It can transport heavy missiles with little risk and safe landing.
  • Boeing KC-135 Strtotanker came for use with aerial refuelling. It was titled as American Air Force’s first jet-powered refuelling tanker, which helped Americans fighter jets, a lot overseas.
  • Blohm & Voss BV 238, a flying boat, introduced by the German army in the year 1944. It was bulky and lacked an impact in operation but is one largest aircraft during World War II by Axis powers.
  • Douglas XB-19 gained fame during World War II. It was one intimidating plane which helped carry massive weapons easily.
  • Tupolev Tu-160 was presented by Russian in 1987, called to be heaviest combat aircraft and the largest design. It has an ability of speed of Mach 2 and in the 80s was a great match to be called a work of art even today.
  • Convair B-36 Peacemaker was just the opposite of name. Between 1948-1959, it was a strategic bomber by the American side during the Korean War. Its main use is nuclear testing, which works under the USAF strategic Air command, and is one popular one of time.
  • McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet is the main fighter jet for Canada until 3 decades. It’s a powerhouse with Vulcan gun, which actual capacitates a let loose of 6000 rounds in just a minute and can also drop bombs, with the best speed and is one powerful weapon.
  • Ilyushin II-76 was a commercial freighter but has also been used for the military during the 1971 Cold war. It can carry the huge load and is still in use by Indian, Libyan, Russians, etc.
  • Airbus A400M Atlas is an example setter for a cargo plane, designed by Europeans in 2007, which serviced first in 2013, which is one best around. This plane can be refuelled even in the air and is popular even in 2019.
  • Boeing C-17 Globemaster III was one among amazing military planes by McDonnell Douglas, built in the 80s. It is one of the biggest military cargo planes in the US.
  • Convair XC-99 ranks high with the sleek design and an association of vibrant colours. It is one of the oldest and retired in 1957. History recognizes it as the largest piston-engine cargo plane and can be seen in museums.
  • Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, an outdid work of Engineers. There were some technical difficulties but the same has been solved as on date and the plane is still in circulation around.
  • Antonov An-124 has a name in commercial aviation together with the military. Constructed by Antonov Design Bureau, it is one of 80s build which can still be seen around.
  • Hughes HK-1 Hercules, the plane never made it off Tarmac and was taken to skies twice. Today, the same is just an attraction to the museum in Oregon
  • Antonov An-225 Mriya hit the runways in 1988 and was one last plane of the gargantuan military. It is the largest and heaviest of all which is still used by Russians. It holds a world record for carrying the cargo and also can be seen in the air shows.

Apart from the list of above 25, there is KC-10 Extender, A330 MRTT, Xi’an Y-20, A310 MRTT, XC-2, Antonov An-70, Shaanxi Y-9, HAV Airlander 10, Scale Composites model 351 Stratolaunch. Messerschmitt ME 323, etc, serving around the world and making their remarkable account out there for military.