Top 10 Aerospace Mega Projects

1.  Antonov An-225 Mriya

 

Antonov An-225 Mriya

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Coming in at a staggering 640 tons of maximum takeoff weight the Antonov An-225 Mriya is the heaviest aircraft to ever take off. While not only being the heaviest aircraft it is also the longest at 275 feet and 7 inches. The extreme weight of this massive machine is powered by 5 turbofan engines that was created by Antonov Design Bureau at an also massive price of $300 Million.

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2.  The Airbus A380

 

The Airbus A380

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Make way for the Airbus A380. This was all too true when the world’s largest passenger aircraft entered the commercial airspace on October 25, 2007 with Singapore Airlines. This aerospace mega project forced many airports to re design the size of their airports due to this massive aircraft that was now landing on their turf. This wide bodied, double decker giant was produced by the manufacturer Airbus and first took flight on April 27, 2005. Now with 207 units being produced up to the beginning of 2017 these commercial airplanes come in at a price of US $436.9 million per unit.

3.  The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit

 

The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit

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This United States mastery of military genius was produced by U.S Manufacturer Northrop Corporation while first taking flight on July 17, 1989 and then seeing service action in April of 1997. This Stealth Bomber came in at a not so stealthy price tag of US $737 million per unit with an overall program cost of US $44.75 billion. While the overall cost and pricing of this project was heavily controversial with the US Congress a total of 21 units were produced up until 2004.

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4.  The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

 

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

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This mammoth of a fortress aerospace mega project first took flight on April 15, 1952 in the United States and manufactured by Boeing. While still in service this giant machine is known in its role as a strategic bomber. Mainly used by the United States Air Force this long range bomber is able to carry up to 70, 000 pounds. At an estimated US $126.93 million per unit this machine is a giant in more ways than just one.

5.  The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

 

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

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Party of 1 please. This single seat, twin engine stealth superiority fighter first took flight on September 7, 1997 and was produced by the United States manufacturer Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. With the main user of this aerospace mega project of the United States Air Force this advanced tactical fighter weighs in at whopping price tag of US$150 million per unit and an overall program cost of US $66.7 billion.

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6.  The Concorde

 

The Concorde

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The Concorde first took flight on March 2nd, 1969, began service on January 21, 1976 and ultimately retired on October 24th, 2003. From its early origins through the efforts of the United Kingdom and France the manufacturer BAC and Aerospatiale created one of the most recognized supersonic transport aircrafts and one of the first supersonic passenger airliners in the world. During its tenure the Concorde was produced 20 times at a program cost of £1.3 billion. This cool luxury flight could reach speeds at over twice the speed of sound while accommodating 92 to 128 passengers.

7.  The Tupolev Tu-144

 

The Tupolev Tu-144

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The Tupolev Tu-144 is the first of its kind as the first transport aerospace mega project that is able to hit supersonic speeds. This aircraft was first flown on December 31, 1968 and produced by the Russian aircraft company Tupolev. It was a little known secret that many alleged the Soviets espionage efforts of the Concorde blueprints to create the Tupolev Tu-144 lead Western journalists to nickname the aircraft the “Concordski” due to its resemblance to the Concorde.

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8.  The Eurofighter Typhoon

 

The Eurofighter Typhoon

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This aerospace mega project was insanely massive as this multirole fighter mainly as a extremely effective dogfighter took flight. The manufacturer of this aircraft was EurofigherJagdflugzeug GmbH and it first took flight March 27, 1994 and is currently in service primarily with the Royal Air Force. In total their was a total of 599 units produced up until November 2016 at a price of €90 million per unit.

9.  The Saab JAS 39 Gripen

 

The Saab JAS 39 Gripen

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This aerospace mega project was created by Swedish aerospace company Saab Group with the role of a fighter, attack and reconnaissance aircraft. The first flight of the aircraft took place December 9, 1988 and is currently in service as of today’s date. With a single unit costing between US$30 to $60 million and overall program cost of US$13.54 billion up to 2006 with an estimated budget of US$19 Billion total budget for this project.

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10.  The Rockwell B-1 Lancer

 

The Rockwell B-1 Lancer

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This aerospace mega project was brought to the USAF as a supersonic heavy strategic bomber however it was firstly used as a nuclear bomber. The Rockwell B-1 Lancer originated in the United States and manufactured by North American Rockwell. This bomber first took flight on December 23, 1974. There was 104 of the units produced at US $283.1 million per unit cost.

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