“We were once told that the airplane had ‘abolished frontiers’; actually it is only since the airplane became a serious weapon that frontiers have become definitely impassable” - George Orwell wrote (1945). The aircraft on this list are amongst the biggest and most spectacular ever built. These 10 giant military planes are incredible feats of engineering, and their impact on people’s lives cannot be underestimated. This topic includes such classic airplanes as World War Two’s Boeing B-29 Superfortress, the monstrous Cold War-era Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, and massive transport plane the Convair XC-99. But see for yourself. 

10.  Martin JRM Mars

10 Martin JRM Mars

9. Messerschmitt ME 323

Flugzeug Me 323 Gigant

8. Blohm & Voss BV 238

8 Blohm & Voss BV 238

7. Boeing B-29 Superfortress


6. Convair B-36 Peacemaker

6 Convair B-36 Peacemaker

5. Boeing B-52 Stratofortress

Display of might

4. Convair XC-99

4 Convair XC-99

3. Lockheed C-5 Galaxy

Liberian Support Operation

2. Tupolev Tu-160

2 Tupolev Tu-160

1. Antonov An-225 Mriya

1 Antonov An-225 Mriya


All in all, the top 10 largest military aircraft are:

  • Martin JRM Mars
  • Messerschmitt ME 323
  • Blohm & Voss BV 238
  • Boeing B-29 Superfortress
  • Convair B-36 Peacemaker
  • Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
  • Convair XC-99 
  • Lockheed C-5 Galaxy 
  • Tupolev Tu-160
  • Antonov An-225 Mriya