Some of the largest planes and ships on the planet are primarily used for the transportation of goods and people. From the mighty Boeing 747 to the monster freighters of the sea, some of their cargo holds are truly enormous.
What do big transport vehicles look like when they are empty?
So, without further ado, here are some examples of how big transport vehicles look when they are completely empty on the inside. We have included images and some videos of planes and ships, as well as, some other interesting examples from years gone by.
This list is far from exhaustive and is in no particular order.
1. Here is what an empty 787 looks like
So, what does a Boeing 787 look like when completely empty? Pretty awesome as it turns out.
With no seating and limited compartmentalization, this plane really does look a lot bigger. Imagine the fun that could be had in one like this?
Anyone for mid-air frisbee? Perhaps ten-pin bowling?
2. This is what an empty Airbus A400M Atlas look like
The Airbus A400M Atlas is one of the biggest military transport aircraft in the world. Designed as a tactical air-lifter, and A400M is an awesome piece of kit.
But, while many of you may have never seen the inside of one full, this is what it looks like empty. Believe it or not, but this space can accommodate 116 fully equipped troops or 66 stretchers.
It can also carry tracked and wheeled vehicles, like two 8x8 APCs, for example.
3. Have you ever seen an empty coal tanker/barge before?
Here is another example of a large transport vehicle that is completely empty. This time we present a coal tanker.
The above image is of the empty hold of the coal barge Panther while docked at the Weser River in Bremen. Barges like the Panther are generally flat-bottomed vessels built primarily for transporting bulk goofs through rivers and canals.
4. This is what a stripped-down space shuttle looks like
Next, we present footage of a near-complete strip-down of the space shuttle Discovery. The video was taken back in 2011 as the shuttle was stripped of her precious instruments prior to her final journey to Washington D.C.
This venerable vehicle flew a staggering 39 missions over her 27 years of service.
5. Here is what an empty Boeing 747 looks like
If you have never seen the empty interior of a Boeing 747 before, then today is your lucky day. This particular image is an empty cargo hold to a UPS 747 cargo plane.
When empty, you really get an appreciation for just how large these planes really are. There is a fair amount of storage space here we must say.
6. This is the interior of a space shuttle 747 carrier
If the space shuttle's interior wasn't enough for you, here is what the empty gubbins of their special 747 carrier planes looks like. NASA has two such planes which are technically known as Shuttle Carrier Aircraft or SCA for short.
"The passenger area has been stripped of many creature comforts, such as galleys, carpeting and even part of the inside temperature ductwork, all for the sake of reducing weight. But the planes still weigh more than 250,000 pounds, and the drag created by the shape and weight of the orbiter -- 176,000 pounds or more -- negates the small amount of lift it adds." - NASA.
7. The empty interior of this cargo plane is quite beautiful
This wonderfully shot picture of the empty interior of what appears to be a Volga-Dnepr AN-124 is truly stunning. Many large cargo planes, like this one, tend to be used to transport super-heavy, or oversize shipments to anywhere in the world with a large enough runway.
Their cargo holds tend to be pressurized, and cargo can be loaded and unloaded from either the front or rear of this particular aircraft.
"The Antonov-124-100 has two loading entrances, at the nose and tail of the aircraft, both equipped with expanding loading ramps. For loading of non-standard cargo, the cabin is equipped with two electric winches of 3 tonnes traction each and 4 electric hoists of common carrying capacity up to 30 tonnes." - Volga Dnepr.
8. Have you ever seen the empty interior of a ship's cargo hold?
If you have never seen the empty interior of a general cargo ship, today is your lucky day. This image was taken, according to the photographer, during an inspection by a Chief Officer prior to loading.
The perspective of the image sadly doesn't really do justice to the actual scale of the space. Cargo holds on ships like this can be absolutely enormous.
9. This is what the interior of an airship looked like
The image above was taken inside the main hull of the R100 airship. HMA (His Majesty's Airship) R100 was privately designed and built a rigid airship that was built as part of a competition to develop a commercial airship service for the British Empire back in the 1920s.
It first flew in December of 1929 and made several successful trial flights across the Atlantic. But, when it's sister ship the R101 crashed and was destroyed, R100 was grounded and later scrapped.
10. The empty interior of an Antonov AN-22 is enormous
This is what the empty interior of an Antonov AN-22 looks like. The AN-22 (codenamed "Cock" by NATO) is a heavy military transport built during the Soviet Era.
It is an enormous plane, powered by four turboprop engines, and was used as a strategic air-lifter specifically designed to carry troops and armored vehicles.
11. The cargo hold of an old wooden ship is fascinating
Here is the empty cargo hold of an old wooden sailing ship in New Zealand. For the age of the ship, the size of this space is surprisingly large.
According to the information board, this ship could carry "as much as 1600 tonnes of cargo".
It also goes on to explain the kinds of things the ship could carry. "If no cargo was available, ballast would have to be loaded. During her career, the ship carried a vast assortment of items including tea, cotton, rice, ale, rapeseed, linseed, [saltpeter], jute, cowhides, goatskins, grain, coal, and pig iron.
And also, on six voyages she carried a full load of passengers".
12. Air Canada has been turning some of its Boeing 777s into cargo planes
This picture of an empty plane is one of Air Canada's Boeing 777s stripped of all its seating. They are also stripping down some of their Dash 8-400s within their fleet.
For the affected planes, Air Canada has been removing economy and premium economy cabin seats to enable their aircraft to carry more freight than normal. This is a response to massive growth in demand for regional cargo transportation and a decline in passenger travel.