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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. They were intended for military, commercial aviation and civil aviation.

10. Bartini Beriev VVA-14

Bartini Beriev VVA-14 - AviatorArt

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

AD-1 Oblique Wing - AviatorArt

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

Tacit Blue - AviatorArt

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

Avro Canada VZ-9AV Avrocar - AviatorArt

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

McDonnell XF-85 Goblin I - AviatorArt

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

Vought V-173 - AviatorArt

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

X-29 Forward Swept Wing Jet - AviatorArt

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

Convair XFY-1 Pogo - AviatorArt

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

Antonov A-40 - AviatorArt

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

Goodyear Inflatoplane - AviatorArt

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.