The Incredible, Impossible, Fake Airliners of YouTube

The art of clickbait.

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ezflightYouTube

There is no such thing as a sextuple-decker Airbus A380. Obviously. You don't have to be an aviation expert to realize this sort of monstrosity could never get off the ground. Still, whenever I see one pop up on YouTube, I basically have to click it. That's the reason it even exists at all.

Impossible planes—Photoshopped Frankenstein aircraft with dozens of engines or ludicrous, bulbous fuselages—are all over YouTube. A quick search of "world's largest plane" will turn up dozens. Watch any one and you're like to find a montage of stolen, uncredited clips, slathered in dozens of ads and uploaded by shady accounts with names like "STORM FORCE" or "Techno Blog." Even with low-res video, egregious watermarking, and annoying pop-ups, these videos con their way into millions of views thanks in large part to the lie of their thumbnails.

Extreme and misleading cover art is a tale as old as YouTube. It used to require when YouTube automatically selected thumbnails from a video's actual footage. But now that YouTube allows custom thumbnails that don't need to reflect a frame from the actual video, lying takes a lot less effort.

Big Planes, it turns out, are remarkably easy to lie about. Many of the world's actual largest actual planes look pretty unbelievable even without editing. The bulbous foreheads of the or the look a lot as if someone inflated them with software. The enormous Stratolauncher does look an awful lot like two smaller planes Photoshopped together. NASA's craziest X-planes look like someone copy and pasted in about a half-dozen extra propellers. On top of all this, the sheer blue background of a clear sky and the relatively blandness of an airliner's body makes it easy for even inexperienced Photoshoppers to create pretty believable modifications with little actual skill.

And so the fake planes are legion. In my travels across cyberspace as a Seniorhelpline blogger, I have discovered a few distinct families. Come with me on a journey.

Decked-Out Disasters

In real life, multideck airplanes top out at a maximum of two decks. Emirates has toyed with the idea of a triple decker but and also , but for now no such thing exists. In fact, air travel is trending toward smaller planes.

Fake planes, however, can have as many as six or seven decks, turning them into stretched-out flying flounders.

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AIRBUS A380 - The Biggest Passenger Airplane in The World—34,084 views
MostShokingVideosHDYouTube

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10 Abnormally Large Airplanes That Actually Exist—4,669,510 views
TheRichestYouTube

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6 of The Largest Aircraft Ever!—10,982,570 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

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Biggest Aircraft - Airbus vs Antonov vs Boeing vs Ilyushin vs Lockheed - Largest in The World—853,695 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

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World's Biggest Airplane—71,940 views
MeniThingsYouTube

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AMAZING Top 6 BIGGEST Airplane Ever In The World 2017—307,746 views (an actual photo of an Airbus Beluga with Photoshopped windows)
Mp3Centres ChanelYouTube

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Top Biggest Airplanes Airbus - Antonov - Boeing - Lockheed - Largest Airplanes in the World!—77,393 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

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The Biggest Passenger Airplanes in The World 🌟 Antonov An-225 Mriya 🌟 Антонов Ан-225 Мрія—208 views
Techno BlogYouTube

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NEW Biggest airplanes in the world 2017—1,603 views
Techno BlogYouTube

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6 More Largest Airplanes!—133,627 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

Multi-Engine Monstrosities

Another way to blow a plane way out of proportion is simply to add more engines onto the wings. In real life, engine record-holders include and the . In bizarro YouTube world, those numbers climb much higher.

Multi-engined fake planes are usually based on (an actual record-setting plane in length and weight), its form modified to fit as many engines as the wings have visual room for. Spacing and sizing errors are a dead giveaway, and absolutely hilarious to boot.

Top 10 Biggest Airplanes6,047,987 views
Top 10 Biggest Airplanes—6,047,987 views
DailyTop10sYouTube

TOP 5 WORLD´S BIGGEST AIRCRAFT (2017)174,215 views
TOP 5 WORLD´S BIGGEST AIRCRAFT (2017)—174,215 views
10.WorldYouTube

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Top 20 Biggest Airplanes In The World—4,164 views
InfoByteYouTube

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Top 10 Biggest Airplanes In The World—250,110 views
AnarhiYouTube

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NEW Biggest Airplanes Antonov vs Airbus - Largest In The World 2017—213,018 views
Techno BlogYouTube

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6 Largest Aircraft in Existence!—88,088 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

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Biggest Airplanes Antonov vs Airbus vs Boeing - Largest In The World Fly Peace Russian army—5,754 views
Sandra KopcokYouTube

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It is the Second Largest Passenger Plane Today—3,281 views
US Military NewsYouTube

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Top 10 Biggest Aircraft—1,050,292 views
GoldenTop10sYouTube

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European vs American Biggest Aircraft - A380 An-225 747-8 - Largest Wingspan Length Weight—344,641 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

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Biggest Airplanes Ever Compilation ✱ Airbus vs Boeing vs Antonov ✱ Largest in the World—627 views
Techno BlogYouTube

Stretched-Out Snafus

If five decks or two dozen engines is a little ostentatious for your fake-plane taste, then perhaps you prefer a simple lengthening. In reality, the longest airliner is the Boeing 747-8 at 250 feet, 2 inches. But YouTube thumbnails take that record and stretch it out much, much further, often leaving strangely-placed engines and wings, and sometimes adding a few more for good measure.

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Longest Airplanes in the World - Airbus - Boeing - Lockheed - Antonov Part 2—16,961,160 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

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Longest Airplanes in the World - Airbus - Boeing - Antonov—3,048,070 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

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Largest Airplanes Antonov - Boeing - Airbus - Longest In The World—111,433 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

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Longest Airplanes in the World - Airbus - Boeing - Lockheed - Antonov Part 3—53,159 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

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Biggest Passenger Airplanes & Giant Cargo Aircraft - Airbus Antonov Boeing Lockheed Longest Ever!—142,186 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

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Biggest Airbus A380, Boeing 747 Antonov An-225 Biggest Airplanes in the World!—1,613,452 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

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NEW Biggest Airplanes Antonov vs Airbus vs Boeing - Largest In The World 2017—2,062 views
Techno Blog

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Most Amazing TakeOffs 😮 Biggest Planes Landing ever caught on camera 😮 —454,199 views
Techno BlogYouTube

Conjoined calamyties

There's no law on the books that says a plane can only have one fuselage. One of the largest actual planes in actual existence—Stratolaunch's rocket-carrying monster-plane—uses a double-fuselage design to boast the world's longest wingspan. Maybe that's why Photoshoppers seem to think they can get away with just gluing two Boeings together at the wing.

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10 Incredible Planes That Are Actually Real—571,254 views
STORM FORCE

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NEW Top Biggest Airplanes Airbus - Antonov - Lockheed - Largest Airplanes in the World 2017—1,493 views
TechnoBlog AviationYouTube

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The Heaviest Airplanes To Ever Take Flight 2017—37,741 views
Techno BlogYouTube

Assorted Atrocities

Not every strange Photoshop creation fits cleanly into a taxonomy of illusion, and so there's are stragglers that are too strange to even classify.

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6 strange planes - that actually existed—2,872 views
ezflightYouTube

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Top Largest Airplanes in the World till 2017—5,556 views
Techno BlogYouTube

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10 Airplanes You Won't Believe Could Actually Fly—2,026,270 views
The RichestYouTube

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Unusual Airplanes That Are Actually Real!—405,582 views
STORM FORCEYouTube

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