The 10 Insanely Strange Aircrafts That Actually Existed

The 10 Insanely Strange Aircrafts That Actually Existed

Aircraft designers always design an aircraft around a central concept of functionality. However, sometimes you wish he could fly his machine just to prove it. From inflatable airplane sound like saucers, designers have tried everything.



Some of these strange creatures, a source of future aviation aircraft while others are gathering dust in museums. The ten-odd planes that actually exists:

10. The Goodyear Inflatoplane


To start out of this plane, actually in me just say, it does not sound like a bright idea on the battlefield, to build an inflatable aircraft to rescue stranded pilots. But that is exactly what they did to Goodyear Goodyear to develop some prototypes for the Army in 1956. naturally been affected by this strange idea of ​​US forces in marketing and testing new Inflatoplane that's when. The initial prototype, GA-33 made and brought in less than 12 days. It was basically a giant balloon fabric, with a jet engine on top. Wings, seat, and made a strong aviation fabric exclusively developed by Goodyear to tail Inflatoplane. Airmat is called, was built by weaving rubberized nylon layers together with thousands of nylon thread. The rest of the body was the airship's fabric. Air pressure to the rigid frame which was provided by an air compressor, was driven by a 40 HP engine powered aircraft.

While not in use, the plane and the motor can be packaged in a box small enough to carry around in a wheelbarrow. Boxes can also be taken in the back of a jeep, truck, or even dropped by parachute from an airplane. Big Idea packed plane behind enemy lines, ground troops then had to inflate and can also use a hand pump to get ready to fly in less than 6 minutes AirDrop. Along with the two-seater prototypes options such as GA 468 and GA 467, including a more powerful 60hp engine.

After a lot of testing, the aircraft was not practical to be used as a rescue and reconnaissance aircraft that concluded. And why flying an inflatable rubber, 55 mph is not difficult to see that the aircraft does not want to get pulled into any military vehicle type. In addition, when testing prototypes were delivered to the US Marine Corps, designed to bend when the shortcomings, one of the pilots during a training flight, try to put too much pressure on the aircraft frame the wings were revealed in a leading and hit the propeller blades. The loss of pressure in the wing fabric shredded and found that the collapsed canopy engine mounts support. He was never able to get the engine to run as a stand to bail out the pilot from falling over. By 1959, production had stopped Goodyear Inflatoplanes program came to an end. None the less, it is a fact that the people of the strange aircraft.

9. The Stipa-Caproni


The "Flying Barrel is known as", this unique aircraft was the brainchild of Italian aviation engineer Luigi Stipa brain is still in the fact that this aircraft. After deeply studying the theory of fluid dynamics, he believed that the engines were to be connected in a tapered tube-like propeller structure, the production as a whole increased emphasis. He said the design "intubed propeller".

Leading Italian aircraft in 1932 to test his theory he approached Caproni, and started working on the prototype. Stipa used with a 120 HP engine de Havilland Gipsy 3, a twin-blade wooden propeller. The whole assembly was attached inside the tubular shaped body aircraft. Test results proved redesigned aerodynamic flight was a miracle. Short wings weak engine and the flight test aircraft have demonstrated great stability. Because of that created by the body was not able to achieve a top speed of large amounts of drag, however. This limited the speed of the aircraft at a distance of only 81 miles per hour. However, do not care about the top speed of Luigi. Reading this design proved to be such personnel carriers and commercial aircraft was able to be applied to large aircraft engines.

Luigi's Italian government then contacted and requested funding to take their intubed propeller design to the next level. The test pilots, have confirmed the benefits of their design, because of the renewed interest in military aircraft design, was more interested in speed. The project was scrapped Stipa Caproni.

8. The Blohm & Voss BV 141


Back in 1937, needed a single-engine reconnaissance plane Nazi air force. The other two aircraft Blohm & Voss BV-141 (LINK 5) asymmetrical tactical reconnaissance aircraft was favorite for the task was a Focke Wulf -189 "UHU" ,. Later came to be known as a fact that there is odd planes. Focke Wulf was declared a conventional twin-boom, twin-engine design was the official winner. The BV 141 design is very intelligent ministry had decided to continue research on a stealth aircraft.

Unlike any other aircraft of its time, BV 141 used an asymmetrical approach, the aircraft, was joined together by dividing the wing in two separate parts. BMW parts plant is located in the crew cabin arm, was located away from the body. The former aviator who was a designer at the Blohm & Voss Richard Vogt's design, was inspired by ideals. Which, asymmetrical design of the engine rotation created by a symmetrical plane is always a reason to support a side helped to offset the massive torque. The cockpit of the plane of rotation of the propeller or the point was unhindered by the body, was excellent. Focke Wulf is the best means of observation aircraft and -189 aircraft was undoubtedly from the fact that there is odd planes.

Ernst Udet, the plane flew man in charge of developing the plane he was impressed and placed an order for 500 planes. Unfortunately, despite the 20 aircraft already in full swing with production, the project came to a halt due to various factors. German Air Ministry Focke Wulf said, was already filling up very well in aerial surveillance and 500 BV would not need to sell 141 in the late decision. Later, the Focke Wulf an Allied bomber Focke Wulf-factory destroyed as a result of the Blohm & Voss-plane transfer of 80 per cent of the manufacturing workforce.

7. The Hughes H4 Hercules


Back in 1942, the US government needed to have a large cargo plane to Europe, you can fly over troops and supplies across the Atlantic. 2 world war was the Nazi ships and submarines were constantly trying to reach Europe attack US supply ships. Aviation tycoon and billionaire Howard Hughes H4 Hercules human was possible in the time with no response, I suggested. Is completed, it will be the largest ever built with giant flying boat planes. What makes it even more interesting is that he signed an agreement with Hughes military use of metals in the construction of the giant aircraft, which during the war was not as metals were in short supply was. Then Hughes decided to make a big wooden aircraft, which will be regarded as a fact that there is odd planes.

The war dragged on and I began to doubt that Hughes, their giant aircraft was not completed. The press began to taunt him by calling his creation "Spruce Goose". In fact, although the aircraft was made of laminated birch wood. Hughes are working on the aircraft until it was finished in 1947. During a short run tax Long Beach harbor area, Hughes decided to find out if you can fly your plane. Hughes is 70 feet, it flew over the ocean to mail it before buying down. It has never been made and the only one of its kind. There has recorded for such Antonov A-225 and Airbus's A380 and including the Giants never built as one that is peculiar to the original aircraft any aircraft, the biggest feather.

6. Vought V-173/XF5U-1 “Flying Pancake”


It certainly is strange that easily fit in the actual aircraft, but apparently this design is one of the most bizarre aircraft design was not without purpose. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Navy aircraft as an aircraft carrier deck restricted areas, which can take off and to land. The new aircraft was expected to compete with Japanese fighter planes and submarines. Vought F4U corsair fighter plane known as a company famous for the production of the aircraft. In 1942, he started a form section "Flying Flapjack" working on the design, a discreet nose, tail or wing. Instead the whole body with the propeller sticking out at the end of each side, a dish-like shape.

The first prototype took off at a very low speed capability and displaying it V-173.It impressed during the test was called off. This was in contrast to most conventional aircraft due to the fact that, on the whole body lift generated V-173. It was virtually stall-proof and very stable during the flight. This is a perfect candidate for a carrier-based fighter. Navy soon began producing and testing an improved version XF5U-1 Funding.

It was essentially an upgraded engine and a large body with big V-173. It was going to use a lightweight material called metallise for aircraft body. Metallite aluminum was laminated on a Balsa wood core. Was introduced only 20 miles per hour speed while landing place XF5U, to have a top speed of 425 miles per hour. The engine design sector suffered from excessive vibration. This vibration is possible mid-flight as the plane could suffer from test flights delayed due to instability. By the time the problems had been resolved, the war was over and the military was moving the focus of the jets, which seemed much more promising hope. Just remember it as one that XF5U ever made was demolished with a wrecking crane and blowtorches but people still have the strange aircraft.

5. The Bertini Beriev VVA 14


The Bartini Vva was an experimental prototype seaplane developed in the Soviet Union during the Cold War 14. Italian-born designer of this wonderful aircraft aviation engineer Robert Bartini. As they can take away from both land and water Take victim (and vertical for ships constructed a submarine of landing) as VTOL take your abilities, glide at high speed on the surface the judge can. If successfully developed, the Vva any Western Naval Force attacked 14 Soviet waters are trying to be very vulnerable.

A planes, with initial prototypes of development, is recalled as the fact that there is odd aircraft to hold early 1970's.The like structures extend out on either side of the plane wing as the body was designed around a central hull pontoons. Lift provides a direct wing, and provide the propulsion for two turbofan engines, air flight. Aircraft used primarily inflatable pontoons, but later switched to metal pontoons to allow rapid movement of water. At a high speed on two turbofans propel water has been added to the front end of the fuselage. The company assumed the availability of a jet engine to a vertical take-off on the final design had not been given, unfortunately, never completed. Bartini died in 1974, and aircraft test with his death began to face several problems during the match and eventually abandoned the project. The last remaining in the Air Force Museum in Vva 14 Monino, Moscow, sits in the state to eradicate it.

4. The Konstantin Kalinin K-7


It is a plane and it came from Russia where you can definitely tell. Or in this case was to serve as a bomber / cargo aircraft from the Soviet Union, was built during the end of this aircraft 1930's.It. It was created by former World War 1 aviator's Konstantin Kalinin. Central body a little big, thick wings of aircraft design, but also unconventional. Like the structure of the wing landing gear was integrated into the pontoon. Power was provided by a total of six and seven V12 engine configuration push, pull. Paratroopers 120 aircraft with 16 tons of bombs and giant wings, was capable of carrying a crew of 19. Eight 7.62mm machine guns in the wings, strange structures and landing gear held, along with eight 20mm cannons.

The first and only was involved in a total of seven test flights up K-7. The flight was amazing, but maybe there were some problems. During the flight, the tail of violence will vibrate. Clever designers decided to weld large pieces of steel instead of the tail booms to hold them in place for no real problems with the aircraft. And continue the test flights. However, in a test flight, a fractured tail section of the plane crash and the ailerons jammed, resulting. The accident resulted in the loss of 15 lives and the world was shown the large metal airplane was a great blow to the Soviet propaganda machine. Kalinin was arrested by the police for trying to sabotage his plane, branded as a traitor and in 1938. Konstantin Kalinin K-7 is available in this aircraft actually executed the fourth in our list On.

3. The Avro VZ9 Avrocar


VZ9 It is strange why the aircraft actually on our list was the result of tests conducted by Euro Canada and the US military to create a flying saucer you can easily remove it. Clearly seen too many foreign films to the Pentagon. Military hoped dish, stealth characteristics are as high as 100,000 feet flight, and Mach 2. overlap created by the Euro proof of concept will be able to have a high-speed car by far set close to achieving their military objectives impressive. Instead, almost losing control before it could be more than 3 or 4 feet and a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour. The router up all the water from the puddles in the ground and pilots face it was a huge pain because it will push up, aircraft piloting. So it was very difficult to fly without a protective windshield.

Numerous tests in wind tunnels at NASA revealed the aircraft's design was fundamentally flawed, and any attempt to increase the efficiency of basic design would require a complete overhaul.

2. The XF -85 Goblin


Long-range bomber aircraft were extremely important for any country in the world and the Air Force Warfare 2 proved this fact. The bombers were good at carrying large payloads over long distances, they can not cope with the enemy planes. And escort fighters could not keep up with the growing range bombers. Countries like the United States and the Soviet Union began to test the concept of the parasite fighters. I think the big bombers to carry these small fighters. Fly through enemy territory fighters can be separated from the bomber, his mother fight the enemy planes to dock with the ship, and then. However, failing any experience to build a successful parasite fighter.

The Goblin is the smallest ever produced jet fighter planes, with an egg-shaped body has a length of 15 feet. It is a fact that there is odd planes. It was armed with four .50 caliber machine guns to make up for the unimpressive size. Initially, during the test flight could extend beyond the bomber would be reduced by hooking front end for a trapeze B-36.The performance of the first to use it in Goblin for a B-29 was installed inside the body. There was a problem of detaching, and small aircraft amazing handled. However, the biggest problem was to re-register. B-29 propeller wash from the trapeze hook Goblin will throw around in the air, connecting almost impossible.

Only 7 out of 3 successful re-entry efforts, and aircraft in one case, trapeze hit smashing the front fuselage and cockpit canopy. The designers did not provide any landing gear, the plane crash pilot landed rough on a dry lake bed. Small engines and limited the power of the other re-entry problems, Goblin King will put a huge disadvantage against Soviet aircraft. Because of docking problems and weak performance, USAF Goblin eventually canceled the program. Later, he began to focus on a more practical solution to the refueling aircraft, long-range bomber escort problem.

1. The Lun class Ekranoplane


Tops the list of the strange aircraft that Lin class Ekranoplane original. If there is one word to describe the Soviet engineering, it is "great". Lin class known as MD-160 is especially cross between giant aircraft, a plane and a ship. It can fly 16 feet "above water" and hit speeds in excess of 350 miles per hour. MD-160 can handle a drunk on roller skates, it is loaded with some serious firepower tries to mess with some American aircraft in this case. Section six of the fuselage is equipped with SS-N-22 Sunburn anti-ship missile launchers. So as boats or small aircraft flying publish any threats, Lin was armed with 23mm cannon and .50 caliber machine guns.

Soviet Union during the Cold War was used with a particular type of aircraft known as a ekranoplan. The aircraft took advantage of the lift created by flying too close to the water surface, and could glide at maximum speed from the sea. This, in turn, increased stealth radar at that time because as the fuel was not able to detect aircraft flying at low altitudes such. Lin first and only class I ever made was designed for the vehicle at a high speed personnel transport / anti-ship. The Black Sea naval fleet stationed in the back in 1987, and had been in the service of the late 90's.

The aircraft weighs a hefty 350 tons, and was longer than the Spruce Goose. It can create more than one interceptor vehicle 350 mph, faster than any ship, sea-surface cruise. This can start a fire anti-ship missiles and stealth through enemy radar realized that was not even an enemy. However, it would make an easy target for fighter aircraft Lin's large size, the aircraft and boats will need an escort staff. Saw the end of a field hospital for the purpose of prompting a second class ekranoplan Lin began in late 1980, but plans to build another aircraft of the Soviet Union collapsed was about to be completed, as only programs. MD-160 was removed from service in 1997 and now lies dormant on a naval station in Kaspiyisk.

10 Insanely Strange Aircrafts That Actually Existed


  1. The Lun class Ekranoplane
  2. The XF -85 Goblin
  3. The Avro VZ9 Avrocar
  4. The Konstantin Kalinin K-7
  5. The Bertini Beriev VVA 14
  6. Vought V-173/XF5U-1 “Flying Pancake”
  7. The Hughes H4 Hercules
  8. The Blohm & Voss BV 141
  9. The Stipa-Caproni
  10. The Goodyear Inflatoplane