Tipping the scales at a total displacement of 102,000 tons, the Nimitz class aircraft carrier is the largest warship in the United States Naval arsenal. Though it has been the backbone of the U.S. Naval fleet since WWII, the Nimitz class will shortly be followed by a new class of aircraft carrier.
Estimated by the U.S. Navy to enter service in 2015, the Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carrier will be approximately 2,000 tons lighter than the Nimitz. Though many specifics are still not available on this new breed of warship, the hope is that it and its sister ships will remain in service for just as long as the Nimitz class.Learn More
Most airplanes have their fuel tanks located in the wings, but some aircraft will also have fuel tanks within their air frame. The positioning of the fuel tanks within the wings is done to help with a stable center of gravity, which is due to the weight of the fuel on both sides of the aircraft being even.Full Answer >
Aircraft carriers can move about 35 miles per hour. Enterprise Class and Nimitz Class carriers are 1,040 feet long and 252 feet wide. They can hold about 80 aircraft.Full Answer >
The weight of an airplane depends on its size, type and configuration. The FAA classifies aircraft into six weight classes, the smallest being for airplanes under 12,500 pounds and the largest being for airplanes over 300,000 pounds.Full Answer >
The original 747-100, launched in 1970, weighs 385,000 pounds when empty and has a maximum takeoff weight of 750,000 pounds, according to Airliners.net. The 747-400 model, which entered service in 1989, has an empty weight of 399,000 pounds.Full Answer >