Largest amphibious aircraft (current)
Who
Beriev A-40
Where
Russian Federation ()
The Russian Beriev A-40 'Albatross' aircraft, which is capable of taking off and landing on both land and water, has a maximum takeoff weight of 86 tonnes (189,600 lb), a wingspan of 42.5 m (139 ft) and is 45.7 m (150 ft) long. It is powered by two turbojet engines with 15,000 kg (33,069 lb) of thrust each. The multi-purpose aircraft can be used for search and rescue, cargo and passenger transport, maritime patrol and military applications. The Beriev A-40 Albatros is the largest jet-engined, amphibious aircraft ever made. Initially only one prototype was built in 1986 achieving 148 world records but, owing to the break up of the Soviet Union, it development was suspended. However, it now appears likely that the Russian Navy will reactivate the programme and is reported to have placed an order for four aircraft for search and rescue and antisubmarine duties.