The Coolest Cargo Planes in the World

Lockheed Martin LMH-1

You’d be forgiven for having mistaken an in-flight Lockheed Martin LMH-1 for an alien spacecraft. Simply put, the aircraft is flat out strange looking. It certainly doesn’t look like your average airplane.

The LMH-1 is Lockheed Martin’s attempt at the highly-coveted commercial hybrid airship. The ship has received a ton of interest from the oil and gas mining industry, and rightfully so. Not only can the ship transport a whole lot of cargo (20-metric-tons), but Lockheed Martin’s LMH-1 doesn’t require an airport (or even a runway) to land, making it the ideal choice for anyone hoping to reach hard-to-reach locales.

This ship is exceptionally unique, and I highly recommend digging in to it’s history a bit more. If only to figure out how large of an impact the LMH-1 will have on the transportation industry upon it’s 2019 release.

Boeing 747 Dreamlifter

Boeing’s Dreamlifter (a.k.a. the Boeing 747-400 Large Cargo Freighter) is the Frankenstein monster version of Boeing’s standard 747. The Dreamlifter is a cargo plane that was designed to transport parts for other cargo planes from one manufacturing plant to another. A plane, for planes.

The Dreamlifter tops out at 545 miles per hour and enjoys a maximum payload of 369,890 kg. Though the Dreamlifter isn’t the largest cargo plane on our list, it’s cargo hold is. At 1,840 cubic meters, this plane enjoys the distinction of having the largest cargo hold in the entire world for an aircraft.

Not bad, Boeing. Not bad.

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Antonov An-225 Mriya

Why did the Antonov An-225 make our coolest cargo plane list? You wouldn’t be asking that question if you watched this technical marvel take-off. I mean, how cool is that?!

The Antonov An-225 is a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed in the 1980s in Ukraine (while Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union). It has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service and, to this day, it remains the heaviest aircraft ever built!

Antonov only built one of these babies, but all 640 tonnes of this monstrosity are still in service today! The Antonov An-225 also holds the world record for an airlifted single-item payload of 189,980 kilograms.

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