Most Bizarre Aircrafts to Ever Take Flight
Airplanes as we know them have pretty much the same basic shape in a more general way of speaking, however, several aircraft designers decided to take another road to create more eccentric models. The last one hundred years or so in the aircraft industry have provided a number of absolutely bizarre projects. Most of them were only experimental projects, but they are so crazy that it’s hard to believe they actually took off. So, brace yourselves to see the most peculiar results of putting together some wings, engines and a whole lot of creativity.
Caproni Ca.60 Noviplano: This Italian flying boat had nine wings and could accommodate up to 100 passengers. To help take off with 100 passengers and its nine wings, it had eight engines! It only managed to reach the altitude of 18 meters before breaking down and crashing. The designer promised to rebuild and fly it successfully, but the prototype was mysteriously burned down to ashes during that night.
Vought V-173: The so-called “Flying Pancake” was an experimental test aircraft developed for the United States Navy in 1942. It was made in an “all-wing” design in order to increase the internal area and use the body as a lifting surface. In case of takeoff from an aircraft carrier, it wouldn’t need to use any hooks or catapults.
Snecma Flying “Coléoptère” (C-450): Coléoptère means “beetle” in French. This experimental aircraft, developed by the French company SNECMA, had annular wings and turbo-propulsion. It was a single person aircraft able to take off and land vertically, which eliminated the need for a runway and demanded very little space for takeoff. Several prototypes were developed and tested, however, the project was very unstable and dangerous.
Bartini Beriev VVA-14: This Soviet vertical takeoff amphibious aircraft was created in the 70’s. Designed to be able to take off from water and fly at high speeds at high altitudes over long distances, but also to have the efficiency of flying above the sea surface. It’s mission was to destroy Polaris missile submarines from the United States Navy, being fully equipped with weapons and an anti-submarine warfare system.
Lockheed XFV: The incredible aircraft above, of North American origin, was an experimental prototype that was active only during the year 1954. Designed to protect convoys, Lockheed XFV took flight and landed upright, but the project was eventually canceled after tests showed that its speed could easily be outrun by other fighters, especially the enemies.
VZ-9 Avrocar: Of Canadian manufacturing, the curious aircraft above was designed in the early years of the Cold War and was part of a secret project of the American army. The intention was that the Avrocar became a tactical combat fighter of the Air Force, however, due to numerous problems related to stability and propulsion, the project was eventually abandoned in 1961. Wonder if this is the answer to a lot of reported UFO sightings?
LLRV: Able to take-off and land by itself, fly horizontally, hover over a fixed point and reach altitudes up to 1220 meters, the LLRV – or Lunar Landing Research Vehicle – is designed to reproduce the behavior of a lunar vehicle on Earth. The prototype was a success and led to LLTV (Lunar Landing Training Vehicle) which was used by the Apollo program astronauts to conduct training exercises for missions on the moon.
McDonnell XF-85 Goblin: This little fighter aircraft was developed by the Americans during the Second World War. The small plane was capable of carrying only the pilot and was meant to be deployed from a bomber like the B-26 as a parasite fighter. However, due to poor performance during testing – a result of restrictions imposed on the developers – the project was eventually canceled.