There is simply nothing better than a giant machine. Nothing. Not convinced? We've got a gallery of some of the most enormous machines in history that will take your breath away.
The 803 ft 10 in (245 m) long LZ 129 Hindenburg, the largest aircraft ever flown. It carried 50-72 passengers and had a crew of 40-61. This rigid airship was built between 1931 and 1936, but only flew for 14 months before it burned down while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey on May 6, 1937.
(via Keystone, Fox Photos, Sam Shere and Central Press/Getty Images)
A pair of NASA crawler-transporters, built in 1965, used to transport Saturn IB, Saturn V rockets, and the Space Shuttles to Launch Complex 39.
The vehicle is 131 ft (40 m) long and 114 ft (35 m) wide, has eight tracks (with 57 shoes each) and has a mass of 5,999,000 lb. (2,721,000 kg)
(Photo by Joe Raedle, Matt Stroshane and from Getty Images)
A bucket-wheel excavator named Bagger 288, built by the German Krupp in 1978. It's up to 721 ft (220 m) long and 315 ft (96 m) high.
Bagger 288 was the largest bucket-wheel excavator until 1995, when Bagger 293 was built. It's 17.2 ft (5.25 m) longer than its brother but their height is the same.
Seawise Giant (later Happy Giant, Jahre Viking, Knock Nevis and Mont), the longest ship ever built (1,504.1 ft or 458.45 m), delivered in 1979, sold to Indian ship breakers in 2009, scrapped in 2010.
Fully laden, her displacement was 657,019 tonnes (646,642 long tons; 724,239 short tons), the heaviest ship of any kind, and with adraft of 24.6 m (81 ft), she was incapable of navigating the English Channel, the Suez Canal or the Panama Canal. – according to Wikipedia.
The ship was bombed by an Iraqi aircraft during the Iran-Iraq War in 1988, but later salvaged and restored.
The ACCO super bulldozer, the largest bulldozer ever built. It was manufactured by the Italian ACCO for Lybia in 1980. The 40 ft (12 m) long vehicle has a 23 by 9 ft blade (7 by 2.7 m) and two 675hp Caterpillar engines.
Only one example was built, but it never arrived to Lybia because UN adopted a trade embargo against Lybia. It was never used and put into a storage for almost thirty years. It had been moved away from the abandoned facility two years ago and preserved.
Antonov An-225, the largest (275 ft 7 in or 84 m) and heaviest (628,317 lb or 285,000 kg) aircraft ever with the largest wingspan (290 ft or 88.4 m), designed to carry the Buran space shuttle and Energia rocket's boosters. Two of them were ordered, but only one was completed in 1988.
A 187 ft (57 m) long Zubr-class hovercraft, the largest hovercrafts ever, used by the Russian Army. These were designed during the Cold War and built by Almaz Shipbuilding in St. Petersburg, Russia, since 1988. Now there are nine active units.
These ships could carry three battle tanks, ten armored vehicles, 140 troops, 8 APCs (armored personnel carrier) or 500 more troops. Their total weight with full load is 555 tons.
The Lying Eiffel Tower, or the Overburden Conveyor Bridge F60, a series of five overburden conveyor bridges, built for mining brown coal by Volkseigener Betrieb TAKRAF in GDR, between 1988 and 1991. Only five were built.
These are widely accepted as the largest movable industrial machines in the world with their length of 1647 ft (502 m) and width of 787 ft (240 m).
(via Wikimedia Commons)
The world's strongest cane with a working load of 20,000 metric tons (22,046 short tons) named Taisun, located at Yantai Raffles Shipyard, Yantai, Shandong, China
The Taisun holding the semi-submersible drilling rig "SS Amazonia"
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IceCube Neutrino Observatory, the largest neutrino telescope in the world, Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica. Some of the strings are 8038 ft (2450 m) long, construction began in 2005 and ended in 2010.
The Large Hadron Collider, built by the CERN between 1998 and 2008. The collider is in a tunnel 17 miles (27 km) in circumference, 574 ft (175 m) beneath the France-Switzerland border.
(via Maximillien Brice/CERN, CERN/dapd/AP and Phil Plait)
The world's largest mining dump truck: the Model 75710 of the Belarusian mining equipment factory named Belaz. The 27 ft (8.22 m) vehicle could transport 450 tons of payload and reach the speed of 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour.
The truck is driven by two 16-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines (2,300 horsepower each). Its mass production will begin in 2015.
Scheuerle Self-Propelled Modular Transporter (SPMT) systems, a chain of connected computer-controlled wheels to carry up to 15,000 tons.