Giant aircraft comparison - Hughes H-4 Hercules "Spruce Goose" (aircraft with greatest wingspan), Antonov An-225 (aircraft with the greatest payload), Airbus A380-800 (largest airliner), Boeing 747-8 (longest passenger aircraft) Models, Charts, Airplanes, Art Designs, Kids Room, Aircraft, Big Birds, Infographics, Info Graphics
An overlay diagram showing four of the largest airplanes ever built, the Hughes H-4 Spruce Goose (aircraft with the greatest wingspan), the Antonov An-225 Mriya (the largest aircraft), the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental (the largest version of the Boeing 747 Jumbojet), and the Airbus A380-800 (the largest passenger aircraft).
Likely the most well known of all Hughes’ aircraft, the Hughes H-4 Hercules, affectionately known as the Spruce Goose, was the largest aircraft in the world at the time of its construction.The aircraft was intended as a trans-Atlantic transport capable of defeating the German U-boat presence. Due to war time rationing, the contract specified the aircraft be made of “non-critical materiel” leading to its famous moniker. It was powered by 8 R-4360 engines,