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Apparently, the heaviest things to have 'flown' ever were those Soviet Ekranoplans

Not anymore: the KM could take off with 540 (metric) tons, but the An-225 beat it in that 2001 flight with 600 tons, and the Airbus A-380 also beat it at 560 tons MTOW (though maybe Elco B can tell whether this has been actually achieved in the test flights so far). The A380 freighter version will have 590 MTOW (but only a cargo of 150 tons - nowhere near as economic as the Mriya).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Apr 12th, 2006 at 06:33:33 AM EST
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