Cargo Planes- Part 2 of 2

Cargo Planes- Part 2 of 2

7/23/2014 Umut Türker 1934 Times Read

Regardless, cargo planes are built with enormous entry ways, either having a ramp toward the read of the plane, or allowing the nose of the plane to open. There are several informative charts, blogs and even YouTube videos. A chart shows that there are half-a-dozen different airplanes that can carry 100 or more metric tons of freight.


 A blog post shows and describes many of the most fascinating cargo planes, many of which are historical (such as the one-of-a-kind Hughes H-4 Hercules, or the "Spruce Goose") and many of which are from the now-dissolved Soviet Union. It shows and describes helicopters carrying large buses and even another airplane! There are also airplanes that carry the space shuttles. 5 of the 27 airplanes described were those of Antonov, which is not surprising as the aforementioned chart shows that they are among the largest in the world. Youtube has a video of the "5 largest cargo planes ever flown" and many others through a search of "cargo planes"

Cargo planes are fascinating not only physically but also socially or, more appropriately, economically. In just two more short years, China will overtake the United States as the largest trading nation. This will have some impact on freight shipping, if not overall then regionally. Now, an overwhelming number of shippers and freight forwarders are veering away from air transport and toward ocean transport. However, this could be just a short-term concern due to the lingering effects of a 6+ year economic downturn and its contemporaneous lower global demand for goods and higher fuel costs.


However, the real future of air freight may not be in air freight but in space freight. Already, the "SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket's nine-day trip delivered a payload of 1,300 pounds of food, clothing, and scientific cargo to the space station", in May 2012. Moreover, the Mars One expedition will most likely need to transport even more.

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