The group recorded martyrdom videos at a flat in Walthamstow, east London.
Abdulla Ahmed Ali singled out seven flights to San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, New York and Chicago that departed within two-and-a-half hours of each other.
If successful, the explosions could have exceeded the carnage of the September 11 attacks, his trial heard.
He was sentenced to life.
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Lee Curley took more than 120 pictures and videos of his attacks on the girl, said to be under the age of 13.
Council workers uncovered the AK-74 concealed in the undergrowth.