Aircraft

Behold, the largest plane in the US Air Force

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At 222 feet across, almost 300 feet long, and 65 feet tall at its tail, Lockheed Martin’s C-5 Galaxy is the largest transport aircraft in the US Air Force. With a cargo hull 121 feet long and 19 feet across, the C-5 is a flying warehouse that can carry a combat-ready military unit or deliver necessary supplies anywhere in the world.

The C-5 has a cargo capacity of 142 tons, the equivalent of carrying two M1A1 Abrams tanks, six greyhound buses, or 25,844,746 ping-pong balls. Below, see just how awesome the C-5’s carrying capacity is.

The C-5 Galaxy absolutely dwarfs humans.

The C-5 Galaxy absolutely dwarfs humans.

 

The engine alone is more than 7 feet across.

The engine alone is more than 7 feet across.

Even large helicopters are tiny compared to the C-5.

Even large helicopters are tiny compared to the C-5.

To ease loading and unloading, the C-5 opens from the nose and the tail end.

To ease loading and unloading, the C-5 opens from the nose and the tail end.

With four massive engines that each produce the force of 800 cars, the C-5 sounds amazing. (Sound starts about 0:30 mark.)

Chinook helicopters fit with ease.

Chinook helicopters fit with ease.

Hauling an A-10 is no problem.

Hauling an A-10 is no problem.

Fighter jets fit too!

Fighter jets fit too!

Here comes the M1 Abrams.

Here comes the M1 Abrams.

Over 266,000 pounds of cargo and armored vehicles are loaded into a C-5 in Afghanistan.

Over 266,000 pounds of cargo and armored vehicles are loaded into a C-5 in Afghanistan.

Here the C-5 unloads an 81-foot boat for the Navy.

Here the C-5 unloads an 81-foot boat for the Navy.

The C-130 is a big plane in its own right, but its fuselage fits easily inside the galaxy.

The C-130 is a big plane in its own right, but its fuselage fits easily inside the galaxy.

In times of trouble, when aid is needed on a huge scale, the C-5 is a welcome sight.

In times of trouble, when aid is needed on a huge scale, the C-5 is a welcome sight.