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The World's Biggest Flying Machines - The Giants! From The Mammoth Airships Of Yesterday, To The Military Transports Of Today, The Name Of The Game Is "Big". Whether Hauling People, Parcels, Or Military Hardware, The Need For Bigger And Better Designs Has Often Pushed The Limits Of Human Ingenuity. It's All Proudly On Display Here In This Classic Documentary, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1990, 45 Minutes.) #AviationHistory #HistoryOfFlight #GiantAircraft #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
Large Aircraft are classified according to three types: fixed wing, rotary wing, and airships. The US Federal Aviation Administration defines a large aircraft as any aircraft with a certificated maximum takeoff weight of more than 12,500 lbs (5,700 kg). The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) defines a large aircraft as either "an aeroplane with a maximum take-off mass of more than 5,700 kilograms (12,600 pounds) or a multi-engined helicopter." Large aircraft allow the transportation of large and/or heavy payloads over long distances. Making an aircraft design larger can also improve the overall fuel efficiency and man-hours for transporting a given load, while a greater space is available for transporting lightweight cargoes or giving passengers room to move around. However, as aircraft increase in size they pose significant design issues not present in smaller types. These include structural efficiency, flight control response and sufficient power in a reliable and cost-effective installation. Large aircraft also require specialised ground facilities, and some countries have special regulatory environments for them. The giant airships of the 1930s remain the largest aircraft ever constructed, while the Hughes H-4 "Spruce Goose" of 1947 had the largest wingspan of any fixed-wing type. The Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10 hybrid airship is the largest aircraft flying as of 2021.