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What's the world's largest airplane?
The largest plane in the world is the Russian An-225 Cossack. The only model made of it was called the Myriad, or dream in english. It has a length of 275 feet 7 inches, a wing span of 290 feet, and maximum takeoff weight of 1,322,770 pounds!!
Just to add more information, here are some more largest planes in the world in different categories. The An-225 is the largest plane in the world to takeoff under its own power, but. . .
The An-124 Condor is the second largest plane to be produced in the world (like the An-225, it was made by Antonov), with a length of 226 feet 8.5 inches, a wingspan of 240 feet 5.75 inches, a height of 68 feet 2 inches, and a maximum takeoff weight of 892,782 pounds.
The C-5 Galaxy is the thrid largest plane in the world to be produced (made by Lockheed - USA). It has a length of 247 feet 10 inches, a wingspan of 222 feet 8.5 inches, a height of 65 feet 1.5 inches, and a maximum takeoff weight of 837,000 pounds.
The Be-42 Albatross (made by Beriev - Russia) holds the record for the largest amphibious aircraft in the world, with a wingspan of 136 feet 7 inches, a length of 143 feet 10 inches, a height of 36 feet 4 inches, and a maximum takeoff weight of 189,595 pounds.
The largest pusher plane (propellor is being aircraft pushing instead of a tractor plane where propellor is in front pulling the aircraft) is the B-36 Peacemaker, made by Convair - USA. It has a length of 162 feet 1 inch, a wingspan of 230 feet, a height of 46 feet 8 inches, and a maximum takeoff weight of 357,500 lbs.
The HK-1 Spruce Goose (more commonly known as the H-4) is the plane with the largest wingspan in the world. The wingspan of the Spruce goose was 320 feet long, with a height of 80 feet, a length of 218 feet, 6 inches, and a maximum takeoff weight of 300,000 pounds.
Are there any commercial aircraft which have in-air refueling capabilities?
No real commerical airliners today have in-flight refuelling capabilities because they were created for a specific distance, 747 for long range, 717 shorter range, etc. They don't need extra fuel to get to their desired place. Another factor is safety, in-flight refueling takes tons of skill and is very dangerous. There is no way any airliners would put their passengers in peril just to make a short range aircraft go further when they could just use a long range aircraft.
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