The Most Unusual Planes
List of the Top 10 World's Most Unusual Planes
Most planes are designed primarily focusing on functionality and safety but there is a category of unusual aircraft with bizarre and remarkable design.
10. Bartini Beriev VVA-14
Is this a plane or a boat with detachable wings? Either way, it's a floater and a flyer designed by the Soviets in the 70s. Its goal was to make an aircraft that could launch vertically but it was never finished.
9. AD-1 Oblique Wing
This was based on an idea to be able to shift wing positions and make it more fuel-efficient. NASA found the theories proved to be correct but flying the plane was unpleasant.
8. Tacit Blue
There has been a need for stealth that outweighs aerodynamic concerns so this plane was created in the 80s for the scenarios. It's bubbly and boxy body allowed it to fly undetected by radar.
7. Avro Canada VZ-9AV Avrocar
This would be considered one's own personal flying saucer. The problem was in 1950 engineers couldn't get the craft more than 3 feet off the ground without encountering problems.
6. McDonnell XF-85 Goblin I
This was a plane that could fit inside another plane for bombing purposes but never panned out. Getting the plane back into the mother plane was too dangerous a maneuver.
5. Vought V-173
This craft had excellent short range lift capabilities and was designed like one big wing. It was nicknamed the flying pancake but didn't make the Navy's Final Cut.
4. X-29 Forward Swept Wing Jet
It looks as if they have the wings on backwards but what was the real problem was that it could not be controlled by human pilot if the contributor system malfunctioned.
3. Convair XFY-1 Pogo
Most planes you cannot park in a tight spot so this plan was designed to fly horizontally but land vertically. It came equipped with landing gear on his tail and.
2. Antonov A-40
Tanks are used in war but their travel range is limited. A Russian engineer added wings to a tank hoping it could be dropped where everyone would like. It only had one test flight.
1. Goodyear Inflatoplane
This was an inflatable airplane that could fit in the trunk of a car was capable of soaring to 6000 feet. It was never taken seriously because it could be drowned with a single prick of a pin.