Tuesday, 12 May 2015

The 14 most insanely heavyweight fighters of all time


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The lightest fighter on this list of titanic pugilists weighs in at an astonishing 31 tonnes, the heaviest at over 63 tonnes, is the same weight as 12 adult elephants.These formidable fighter aircraft were created in such generous proportions for a reason, and are generally long-ranged, very fast and extremely well armed. Almost half of them failed to reach front-line service, often crippled by the huge costs incurred by such heavy advanced fighter projects. The joker in the pack is the Boeing YB-40, a long-range escort fighter version of the B-17 bomber. Armed with up to 30 ‘fifty-cal’ guns (and sometimes a 40-mm cannon) this ferocious gunship proved too heavy and draggy to keep up with the bombers it was created to protect. After a 25 aircraft operational trial it was cancelled.
The weight given is the maximum take-off, apart from when otherwise specified.
14. Maple Regrets: Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow
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Year: 1958
Max take-off weight: 31,120 kg (68,605 lb)
Length: 23.71 m (77 ft 9 in)
13. Military Industrial Oedipus Complex: Lockheed Martin F-35A/C Lighting II
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Year: 2006
Max take-off weight: 31,800 kg (70,000 lbs)
Length:  15.67 m (50 ft 5 in)
                                    12. Le Strike Eagle: Dassault Mirage 4000
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Year: 1979
Max take-off weight: 32,000 kg (70,548 lb)
Length: 18.70 m (61 ft 4 in)

11. The Reluctant Gunbus: Boeing YB-40 Flying Fortress

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Year: 1943
Max take-off weight: 34,000 kg (74,000 lb)
Length: 22.6 m (74 ft 9 in)
10. Iranian Topgun: Grumman F-14 Tomcat
5a248fca2f9bc413ac7c5c5ab76b69e6Year: 1970
Weight: 33,720 kg (74,350 lb)
Length: 19.1 m (62 ft 9 in)
9. Heavyweight acrobat: Sukhoi Su-30
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Year: 1989
Weight: 34,500 kg (76,060 lb)
Length: 21.935 m (72 ft 9 in)
8. The Unborn Oligarch: Sukhoi PAK FA
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Year: 2010
Weight: 35,000 kg (77,160 lb)
Length: 19.8 m (65 ft)
7. China’s Raptor: Chengdu J-20
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Year: 2011
Weight: 35381 kg (78,000 lb) – estimated
Length: 20 m (66.8 ft)
6. Foxbatmobile: Mikoyan MiG-25
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Year: 1964
Weight: 36,720 kg (80,952 lb)- (loaded not maximum)
Length: 19.75 m (64 ft 10 in)

5. Reagan’s Lamborghini: Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

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Year: 1997
Weight: 38,000 kg (83,500 lb)
Length: 18.92 m (62 ft 1 in)
4. McNamara’s Folly: General Dynamics–Grumman F-111B
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Year: 1965
Max take-off weight: 39,900 kg (88,000 lb)
Length:  20.98 m (68 ft 10 in)

3. Fiddler on the roof: Tupolev Tu-128

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Year: 1961
Max take-off weight: 43700 kg (96,342 lb)
Length: 30.06 m (99 ft)
2. Psycho-reheat: Mikoyan MiG-31
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Year: 1975
Max take-off weight: 46,200 kg (101,900 lb)
Length: 22.69 m (74 ft 5 in)
1. Skunky nightrider: Lockheed YF-12
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Year: 1963
Max take-off weight: 63,504 kg (140,000 lb)
Length: 30.97 m (101 ft 8 in)

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