This here is proof that there is nothing too crazy to load into an airplane.
Free Willy! But, actually though. Keiko, the star of Free Willy was transported by air twice, first in a C-130 to an aquarium in Oregon, and then in a C-17 to Iceland where he was released. Faster than swimming, I guess.
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What do you do when you have an organization to prevent blindness in developing countries that lack the facilities to do so? Orbis International built a fully-functional hospital out of a DC-10.
Ambitious and brilliant.
Hey, cattle have go get from point A to point B somehow, and they're not terribly agile. As a warning, I should add that it is imperative that you not overstuff your plane with cows, since their collective body heat can set off smoke detectors.
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Reader Green Pig actually works in the air freight industry and has moved some crazy shit, but not much crazier than 200,000 lb. of dog food flavoring that was sent France. It took eight 53' trailers, and an entire 747 to move it all.
200,000 lb. is a lot of anything to stick in a plane, let alone dog food flavoring.
Yo dawg, I heard you like planes, so we put a plane in your plane, so you can plane while you plane. Or something like that. Transporting a C-130 fuselage in a C-5 took over two years of planning, and reader Denverslim helped design the ramps to load it:
"It was a super tight fit. They had to keep the C-130 from scraping the tail or belly, and keep the front from hitting the roof of the C-5. There was a different ramp extension for the nose wheel.
It was also a special C-5 that doesn't have the upper deck troop compartment. It took me almost an entire semester to design that puppy. I imagine some loadmaster somewhere built a beautiful deck after that."
For the 2000 running of the Dakar, the race was under threats of a guerrilla assault in Niger, so the whole damn race including all the people and vehicles was airlifted to Libya where the race resumed. The move required three Antov An-124s, eighteen round trips, and $5 Million.
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What's the most badass way to deflect a missile? A giant laser, obviously. The Boeing YAL-1 (which was a modified 747) carried a giant laser onboard that would be shot out of that glowing orb thingy on the nose of the plane.
The project was (sadly) cancelled.
How crazy was America post-WWII? Crazy enough to attempt to build a nuclear-powered plane, the Convair NB-36H, and yes, Russia tried as well with their Tupelov Tu-119.
Both programs were cancelled because of the rise of the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, and because people smartly realized that nuclear-powered flight was batshit insane.
The Antonov AN-225 is one of the largest things to ever fly, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that it once transported a 418,834 lb. generator, the largest single item ever transported by an aircraft.
Could you imagine sticking something that nearly weighs 420,000 lb. into an airplane? The crazy thing is that the Antonov can carry more. It's record is a 559,557 pound payload!
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