Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bigger Than a 747

I checked this in Wikipedia and the plane actually was built in Russia during the 1930s. It flew 11 times before crashing and killing 15 people. The designer, Konstantin Kalinin, wanted to build two more planes, but the project was scrapped. Later Stalin had Kalinin executed. Evidently it was not good to fail on an expensive project under Stalin. It's got propellers on the back of the wings, too!! It looks like 16 engines all told. The Empire State Builiding on its side, with cannons. Not only a bunch of engines but check out the cannons the thing was carrying!

In the 1930s, the Russian army was obsessed by the idea of creating huge planes. At that time they were proposed to have as many propellers as possible to help carry those huge flying fortresses into the air, jet propulsion had not yet been implemented. Not many photos were saved because of the high secrecy levels of such projects. Still on the photo below you can see one such plane - a heavy bomber K-7.

For more photos and info, click on: Airplane Giant K7

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A fun bit of photoshop work and a complete distortion of the real aircraft. Note the obviously fake background buildings, people and trucks.
Check out a more accurate image of the K7 at these sites;

and a nice site that explains these pics in a little more detail;