Our Top Ten Planes

What makes these ten planes so special?

10. T-50 Golden Eagle 

Why?

It's the World’s greatest stunt plane and one of the few supersonic trainers. It was developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with the American aerospace company Lockheed Martin.


9.  Solar Impulse

Why? 

Is a Swiss engineered solar powered aircraft that never needs refueling!  In 2012 it set the record for the longest solar-powered flight 6000km from Europe to Africa and back again. It's next challenge is to achieve the first circumnavigation of Earth using only solar power. 

8. Private Jets 

Why? 

Private Jets were designed for the ultimate luxury travel that would reach high speeds and have long range capabilities. A common model is the Gulfstream 3. 

7. C-5 Galaxy

Why?

It was the USA military’s biggest mover until its successor Lockheed Martin. 

6. C-130 Hercules

Why? 

It's the USA military’s most versatile mover with a four-engine turboprop. It's capable of using an unprepared runway for takeoffs and landings. 


5. Eurofighter Typhoon

Why? 

It's a technical masterpiece engineered by three companies. It's highly agile, designed to be a an effective dogfighter when in combat with other aircrafts. 


4. B2 Spirit AKA The Stealth Bomber

Why

This is the most famous ‘invisible’ bomber in the skies. Using low observarable stealth technology it can penetrate dense anti-aircraft defenses. 

3. Terrafugia TF-X

Why?

Yes, this is a flying car – just like they promised us all those years ago. It has autoland features and a ballistc parachute when landing. It is set to launch in 2015-2017 and will be electric powered. 


2. Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

Why? 

Unbeaten in combat and perhaps unrivaled in the air! It's a single-seat, twin engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft that has capabilities like ground attack, electronic warfare and intelligent signals.


1. Antonov AN-225 Mriya

Why? 

This is world’s biggest plane designed by the Soviet Union's Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s. It has an astonishing six turbofan engines and the widest wingspan in the world. It's so big they could build only one. And it carries spaceships!

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