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How much weight can an average airplane lift?

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This depends on the plane! An airplane's engines need only produce enough lift to overcome their weight. A Boeing 747-8 passenger airliner, has a maximum 'takeoff weight' of 442 metric tons (487.5 tons). Any more than that, and the airplane's engines could not produce enough thrust to create enough lift to counter the force of gravity at takeoff.

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