The Coolest Cargo Planes in the World

Outside of a select few mechanical engineers and their fanboys, cargo planes rarely get the love that they deserve. But, if you enjoy two-day shipping, next day delivery, or incredible feats of human ingenuity than it’s time for you to take notice.

Cargo planes make the world go ‘round and they make that high-tech electric toothbrush that you ordered go ‘round the world too. Simply put, their efficiency and reliability make living life in the age of Amazon easier and more affordable. And, though they make our lives exponentially easier, most of us know absolutely nothing about them.

Today, we give cargo planes their due. It’s time to strap-in to an all-expenses paid trip around the wide world of cool cargo planes. Let’s go!

Cessna 408 SkyCourier

Launched in November of 2017, the Textron Aviation’s Cessna 408 SkyCourier is set to do much of the heavy lifting for FedEx Express beginning in 2020. In conjunction with the plane’s unveiling, FedEx placed an order for 50 units with an option for 50 more.

The large-utility aircraft boasts accommodation for 19-passengers and a payload of roughly 6,000 pounds. Although it’s not as large as some of the other cargo planes loading up, it’s partnership with premier shipping company FedEx is incredibly important. It’s safe to say that come 2020, the Cessna SkyCourier’s success will have a fairly large impact on your modern life.

Airbus Beluga

The Airbus Beluga dwarfs most of the cargo planes on this list. The “super transporter” Airbus A300-600 ST has certainly earned its reputation as a mammoth among mice. The Beluga can transport roughly 40,000 kg at a maximum speed of 912 km per hour. The aircraft is mostly used to transport large-scale objects like aircraft-parts around the world conveniently and efficiently.

What’s more, the Airbus Beluga looks like a giant (and adorable) beluga whale. Now, I know that’s not really all that important, but it sure looks cool.

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