Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bizarre Aircraft from History

The Caspian Sea Monster

The Caspian Sea Monster, also known as the "Kaspian Monster", was an experimental ekranoplan, developed at the design bureau of Rostislav Alexeyev in 1966.


Stipa-Caproni, an experimental Italian aircraft with a barrel-shaped fuselage (1932).

Blohm & Voss BV 141

Blohm & Voss BV 141, a World War II German tactical reconnaissance aircraft,
notable for its uncommon structural asymmetry.

Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster

Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster, an experimental bomber aircraft,
designed to have a very high top speed (1944).


Libellula, a tandem-winged and twin-engined British experimental plane
which gives the pilot an excellent view for landing on aircraft carriers (1945).

North American XF-82

North American XF-82. Stitch together two P-51 Mustangs, and you get
this long-range escort fighter (1946). Photo: U.S. Air Force

Northrop XB-35

Northrop XB-35, an experimental flying wing heavy bomber developed for the United States Army Air Forces during and shortly after World War II. Photo: U.S. Air Force

McDonnell XF-85 Goblin

McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, an American prototype jet fighter, intended to be deployed from the bomb bay of the Convair B-36 (1948). Photo: U.S. Air Force

Martin XB-51

Martin XB-51, an American "tri-jet" ground attack aircraft. Note the unorthodox design: one engine at the tail, and two underneath the forward fuselage in pods (1949).

Douglas X-3 Stiletto

Douglas X-3 Stiletto, built to investigate the design features necessary
for an aircraft to sustain supersonic speeds (1953 - 1956).

Lockheed XFV

Lockheed XFV, "The Salmon," an experimental tailsitter prototype
escort fighter aircraft (1953).

De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle flying platform

De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle flying platform,
designed to carry one soldier to reconnaissance missions (1954).

Snecma Flying Coleoptere (C-450)

Snecma Flying Coleoptere (C-450), a French experimental, annular wing aeroplane,
propulsed by a turbo-reactor, able to take off and land vertically (1958).

Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar

Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar, a VTOL disk-shaped aircraft developed
as part of a secret U.S. military project (1959).


HL-10, one of five aircraft built in the Lifting Body Research Program of NASA
(1966 - 1970).

Dornier Do 31

Dornier Do 31,
a West German experimental VTOL tactical support transport aircraft (1967).

Alexander Lippisch's Aerodyne

Alexander Lippisch's Aerodyne, a wingless experimental aircraft. The propulsion was generated by two co-axial shrouded propellers (1968).

Vought V-173

Vought V-173, the "Flying Pancake",
an American experimental fighter aircraft
for the United States Navy (1942).

part II coming soon...

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