The word aircraft originally meant airships and balloons. It comes from the words air and craft, a term from boating as were many early aviation words.
There are many different kinds of aircraft.
Big aeroplanes for transporting people are called airliners. Airliners are the quickest way to travel. Airliners can fly over mountains and bad weather. Airliners have complex technology to make them fly quickly, safely and for less money.
A few fighter aircraft can fly at 3,200 km/h (2,000 mph).
The person who drives an aircraft is called the pilot.
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Scales, sizes and speedsEdit
The smallest aircraft is a nano-aircraft.
These are the largest aircrafts. They are:
- Video, Telegraph (2016-08-17). "World's largest aircraft the Airlander makes maiden flight in UK". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
- FlyDriveReizen.nl. "Fly Drive Aanbiedingen". FlyDriveReizen.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2020-09-21.
- "Aerospaceweb.org | Ask Us - Largest Plane in the World". www.aerospaceweb.org. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
- Administrator, NASA (2013-06-06). "World's Second Largest Aircraft". NASA. Retrieved 2020-09-21.