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  • #16
    That Saturn 5 still holds the record,as far as I know, for most powerful vehicle built by man, with 7.5 million pounds of thrust from the 5 F-1 first stage rocket engines. The equivalent of 3.75 million horsepower, I believe...A real glutton for kerosene and liquid oxygen, though.

    On another tangent, the most expensive 4-wheeled vehicle ever produced (at least at one time) was the lunar rover at a paltry 6 million US per copy in 1970 dollars...

    I've heard of 4 GP38-2's pull a large wood frame grain elevator from one end of town to the other end of town, in Hines Creek Alberta, on a system of rollers. That's a total of 8,000 HP.

    Interesting thread...Can any aircraft besides the Lockheed C-130 Hercules lift more than its own weight into the air??

    Regards, [:-king]


    • #17
      IIRC the Sikorsky CH-53E can lift more than it weighs.

      There are probably others as well....


      in Michigan


      • #18
        The Douglas Skyraider can lift more than its own weight and a payload greater than a B-17![^]

        Copied this off the web for what it is worth!!

        "The AD Skyraider was one of the most capable aircraft ever fielded by the U.S. military. It was big, with a 50-foot wingspan and a Pratt & Whitney R3380 engine that developed nearly 3000 horsepower. These combined to allow the AD to launch from an aircraft carrier carrying over 8000lbs payload, more than doubling the aircraft’s empty weight. This gave the AD more combat effectiveness than a WWII B-17. The plane had legs, too, allowing it to strike any target over Korea, and allow important loiter time to support Marines or Army soldiers in the field."
        Look out for #1, but don\'t step in #2!

        Andy Keeney

        Dewitt, MI


        • #19
          I'm an old J3 Cub pilot and fan. For 65 horse of brute power, it offered and still offers the most enjoyment, shared by the most pilots per horsepower. And that has to be the record!3My first solo:

          1965 J3 N2038M at Zahn's Airport, Amityville,NY.

          I did a search to find her and 38M is now on display at the Piper Museum in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.