There’s been a drastic uptick in interest in supersonic travel in recent years. That’s in spite of the fact that the last commercial supersonic passenger jet, the Concorde, stopped flying in 2003. “How fast can this thing possibly go?” seems to be the prevailing question.

But there are also companies asking another, more sizable question: “How big can we possibly make this thing?”

Last January, the world’s biggest airplane, the Stratolaunch Roc, designed to carry air-launch-to-orbit rockets and hypersonic vehicles, made headlines after it completed its longest test flight to date. In the vicinity of 239 feet long and 50 feet tall, the plane was said to be capable of carrying 500,000 pounds, required a runway at least 12,000 feet long and was actually built from not one, but two deconstructed Boeing 747-400 jumbo jets.

Now, there’s now an even bigger aircraft in the works. Coming in at 356 feet long (four feet shy of a football field) and 79 feet tall, the WindRunner would be, if completed, the largest plane by length and cargo volume, per a report from The Wall Street Journal. With a capacity for 80 tons, the WindRunner is designed with the specific intent to carry the world’s largest wind turbine blades, which, as the outlet notes, are nearly impossible to transport on land. This, in turn, would lend itself to a number of (currently unattainable) renewable energy projects.

By osibanews

Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.

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