Largest aircraft by year

Last revised: 26 August 2001

year

largest airplane then flying

largest airplane ever flown

     

1933

Tupolev TB-4

Tupolev TB-4

1934

Tupolev ANT-20 Maxim Gorki

Tupolev ANT-20 Maxim Gorki

1935

Tupolev TB-4

Maxim Gorki

1936

TB-4

Maxim Gorki

1937

TB-4

Maxim Gorki

1938

Tupolev ANT-20 bis

Maxim Gorki

1939

ANT-20 bis

Maxim Gorki

1940

ANT-20 bis

Maxim Gorki

1941

Boeing XB-19

Boeing XB-19

1942

XB-19

XB-19

1943

XB-19

XB-19

1944

XB-19

XB-19

1945

XB-19

XB-19

1946

Convair B-36 Peacemaker

Convair B-36 Peacemaker

1947

Hughes H-4 Hercules "Spruce Goose"

Hughes H-4 Hercules "Spruce Goose"

1948

Convair B-36 Peacemaker

"Spruce Goose"

1949

B-36

"Spruce Goose"

1950

B-36

"Spruce Goose"

1951

B-36

"Spruce Goose"

1952

B-36

"Spruce Goose"

1953

B-36

"Spruce Goose"

1954

B-36

"Spruce Goose"

1955

B-36

"Spruce Goose"

1956

B-36

"Spruce Goose"

1957

B-36

"Spruce Goose"

1958

B-36

"Spruce Goose"

1959

B-36

"Spruce Goose"

1960

Martin JRM Mars

"Spruce Goose"

1961

Mars

"Spruce Goose"

1962

Mars

"Spruce Goose"

1963

Mars

"Spruce Goose"

1964

Mars

"Spruce Goose"

1965

Antonov An-22 Antheus

"Spruce Goose"

1966

An-22

"Spruce Goose"

1967

An-22

"Spruce Goose"

1968

Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

"Spruce Goose"

1969

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1970

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1971

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1972

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1973

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1974

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1975

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1976

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1977

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1978

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1979

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1980

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1981

C-5

"Spruce Goose"

1982

Antonov An-124 Ruslan

"Spruce Goose"

1983

An-124

"Spruce Goose"

1984

An-124

"Spruce Goose"

1985

An-124

"Spruce Goose"

1986

An-124

"Spruce Goose"

1987

An-124

"Spruce Goose"

1988

Antonov An-225 Mriya

"Spruce Goose"

1989

An-225

"Spruce Goose"

1990

An-225

"Spruce Goose"

1991

An-225

"Spruce Goose"

1992

An-225

"Spruce Goose"

1993

An-225

"Spruce Goose"

1994

An-225

"Spruce Goose"

1995

An-225

"Spruce Goose"

1996

An-225

"Spruce Goose"

1997

Antonov An-124 Ruslan

"Spruce Goose"

1998

An-124

"Spruce Goose"

1999

AeroVironment Helios

"Spruce Goose"

2000

Helios

"Spruce Goose"

2001

Helios

"Spruce Goose"

Written by Michael Trout

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