Ever since the Wright Brothers tore up Kitty Hawk with their weird flying machine, airplane technology has been evolving. From a wooden two-seater with limited abilities to today’s supersonic sky mavericks, man’s ability to conquer physics and lay waste to gravity remains stunning. Just think about it for a moment – we can take tons of people and material and move them at amazing speeds at equally incredible heights above the planet.

The Wright Brothers Started It All



And This Is What They Came Up With



But with the need for a more global approach has come the desire to make planes bigger, if not necessarily better. Size requires even more of that scientific magic and many experiments have ended in tragedy. Still, the struggle to build planes that meet the demand is very real indeed. The one who can succeed will see themselves becoming the industry leader and headed for a massive military contract.

Since Then, Planes Have Gotten Better



The current crop of superplanes have names like Airbus, the Antonov, and the Airlander. They can hold anywhere from 450 to 660 passengers and the cargo versions can hold tons of equipment. Tons. Some have called them “floating warehouses” and for the most part, they would be correct. There is only one issue keeping these modern marvels grounded.




And Bigger



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