Most BIZARRE Airplane Designs That Actually WORKED!

Most BIZARRE Airplane Designs That Actually WORKED!


From wingless jets to helicopters you can
wear on your feet, here are 11 of the most bizarre looking airplanes that actually existed! 11. The Pregnant Guppy There was no way that this thing could fly.
“Unreal” exclaimed the surprised control room, as this colossal airplane managed to
lift off the ground. Pregnant Guppy had a very abnormal built compared to a Boeing.
This airplane was so massive that if a Boeing stood near it would look like a tiny David
next to Goliath. Right over the aircraft’s cockpit, a bulbous addition was made spanning
over the plane’s body – as if a blue whale had got wings.
An upper fuselage of 6 meters in diameter was added, giving the aircraft a “triple-bubble”
appearance. The purpose of this extra bulge was to create extra space for accommodating
large cargo in the aircraft. The entire rear section was detachable. In 1963, the Pregnant
Guppy started doing cargo flights for NASA in the 1960’s. As the space program increased,
it was clear that the Pregnant Guppy couldn’t carry everything, which led to the creation
of the Super Guppy! The Pregnant Guppy was taken out of service in 1979. 10. Hybrid Airship P-791 Despite what it looks like, this isn’t a
hot-air balloon! It’s an inflated airplane designed for low flying missions. Lockheed
Martin, the company behind its creation, has combined the features from an airship with
that of an airplane to form the Hybrid Airship. It gains its high speed from the propellers
like an airplane and can stay afloat maintaining its altitude for about two weeks as if it
were a balloon. It was first designed as part of the US Army’s Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence
Vehicle (LEMV) but lost to Northrop Grumman’s HAV-3 design. It was modified for civil use
and aircraft production and in the past has either been made for science, public utility
or driven solely to show off for extra money. However, this aircraft has a unique way of
reaching out to the public. The company with this airship aims to reach the isolated locations
on the globe where infrastructure is non-existent or to help the underprivileged. The incentive,
in addition to being noble, can potentially be quite useful in disaster-prone areas where
disaster response and relief might take awhile to reach the masses. 9. NASA AD-1 Often in science, you’d find areas where
robust analysis and mathematical techniques fall short to help solve a complex engineering
problem. Aerodynamics a few decades ago was a daunting engineering field that was a huge
challenge for engineers. Topics such as the dynamics of pointy objects splitting through
the air and airplane configuration was a subject of great interest and uncertainty. The variables
involved were too many, the complexity left engineers with only one path- Make a customized
aircraft and study it. The scientists at NASA in pursuit of technological development, initiated
an experimental program in 1979. This high risk project developed the AD-1 aircraft (Ames-Dryden
1). The AD-1 was an unusually strange looking airplane with a spike on its front tip. It
was long and narrow and weighed 2,145 pounds. Studies on the behavior of this aircraft for
varying design conditions led to many important research findings. The aircraft was flown
79 times and it was established through this experiment that an aircraft wing could be
hinged up to 60 degrees. The airplanes with wings fixed at higher angles were unstable
during flight. AD-1 today serves as a documented case study
in engineering classes and is often used by many authors as an experimental benchmark
for explaining some complex topics in flight. 8. Alexander Lippisch’s Aerodyne This oddly shaped aircraft continues to baffle
the aeronautical community who wonder how this bizarre creation managed to get off the
ground!! The Aerodyne looks like it is missing parts, and looks like the complete opposite
of what we expect from something that is supposed to fly! Around the time of World Wars, there
was enormous demand for aircraft and governments were willing to invest whatever it took. Engineers
and designers were constantly churning out new designs which lead to some strange-looking
and creative aircraft! The Aerodyne was one of the many inventions
of German Aircraft designer Alexander Lippisch who made many groundbreaking contributions
to his field. He helped develop the science behind flying wings, delta wings and rocket-powered
interceptors! Similar to a helicopter, this wingless rotor-powered
machine concept was designed to take off and land only vertically. The revolutionary nature
of its design meant it could be steered and flown either by hovering or moving forward.
This design, despite of how unusual it was, did manage to fly before the Western German
government lost interest in the project in 1972. However, many of Lippsich’s Aerodyne
principles were applied to a plane that is still in operation today: the Harrier Jump
Jet. And now for a flying princess!! But first
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welcome back!! 7. Saunders-Roe Princess Imagine what it would have been like watching
a large-sized ferry flying up in the skies. The Saunders-Roe Princess was exactly that,
a seaborne plane with a boat-like shape and an all-metal body. It was developed as a larger
and more luxurious model of flying boats. It could carry up to 100 passengers and was
meant to serve the transatlantic route between the UK and New York. This seaplane spanned
similar to a modern-day Air Bus. The plane with its double decked luxury cabins was intended
primarily for first class passengers.Between 1952 and 1954, the first prototype princess
made 47 test flights. This sea princess, however, could not convince
its airline investors to make it a commercial hit. It’s only financial backer, the British
Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), realizing that the Princess would soon become obsolete,
stopped its funding immediately. The Princess program was eventually canceled by the UK
government for its inadequate support confining its only two prototypes to just museum showpieces. 6. Nemeth Parasol This airplane is another example of a very
strange aircraft that actually flew! The Nemeth Parasol, was considered by many to be inspired
by UFO’s. Designed by inventor Steven Nemeth, the prototype was built by university students
at Miami University. It had a circular wing design and an elongated fuselage that assisted
it in shorter takeoffs and landings. Two ailerons were added to help the plane land at slower
speeds. A newspaper declared that the airplane was
so small that it could land in your backyard and fit in your garage. The round wing on
its top led people to start calling it the parachute plane or umbrella plane when it
was tested in 1934. The round saucer-like wings were 15 feet long and people also called
it the saucer plane. According to Nemeth, people who had never
flown could learn how to control this plane in half an hour. During testing the plane
reached 135 mph and landed at just 25 mph and could even gently parachute to the ground.
It was extremely stable and it is a shame that there were no further improvements or
tests. We should try to bring this one back!! It would be very convenient to avoid traffic
jams and we could finally be living like the Jetsons! 5. Sikorsky X-Wing There’s no limit to human imagination. This
vehicle was designed by combining the best features of a helicopter as well as a jet
plane. Known as a “heli-plane”, the aircraft had the ability to take off vertically like
a chopper and could maneuver by emulating an airplane. This combination helped the aircraft
achieve great speeds without requiring a large runway distance. X-wing had the capacity to
board two crew members and could attain a cruise speed of 160 mph. The Navy and DARPA
(Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) joined forces for the development of this
craft. However, in 1988, the program funding was canceled due to some design flaws that
were serious enough to make the investors withdraw the project contract. The idea of
X-wing was then dropped despite the fact that the aircraft did fly in the testing phase.
It was just a little bit too advanced for its time! But it should be making a comeback
soon, don’t you think? 4. Proteus 281 This eccentric aircraft most certainly deserves
to be on the list of most bizarre planes. The aircraft Proteus is currently in service
and is owned by Scaled Composites, a company that specializes in unconventional aircrafts.
This one looks like some kind of insect! Initially designed by Burt Rutan –Proteus had its
maiden flight in the late 1990’s. Proteus has a very unique design. The aircraft
has four super skinny wings, spanned in pairs. The tail stabilizers were constructed on the
rear wings rather than the aircraft’s tail, which is highly unusual. It is meant for high
altitude and can go over 50,000 ft. and stay there for over 18 hours. The aircraft can
even carry a payload of 2000 lbs for shorter flights. It was initially designed for both
manned and unmanned aerial missions. However, its later use has just been restricted to
unmanned missions only, which include telecommunication transmission, commercial imaging, and aerial
photography, etc. which means probably spying as well! It has a number of world records
for altitude and has been used in significant research projects and missions. 3. Vought V-173 Aircraft Designers can try crazy ideas when
it comes to innovation or sometimes out of necessity. The Vought V-173 was designed by
keeping in consideration the needs during WWII. Known as the “Flying Pancake” or
the “Fighting Flapjack” (I mean, what else are you supposed to call it!) the U.S
Navy created it as an experimental aircraft. The Navy needed aircrafts that could be launched
from shorter runways. That’s when the engineers came up with an idea for the flying flapjack.
This easy-to-fly aircraft had a circular shape like a UFO and propellers placed at its wing
tips that enabled it to land and takeoff at remarkably low speeds. It was powered by a
1600 hp to provide the necessary thrust to the four-bladed props. Although the project
was super practical, it was dropped when the Navy decided to switch to turbo-jet engines
instead. 2. WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) You might’ve heard of conjoined twins, or
conjoined strawberries, but probably never about a conjoined airplane! The Scaled Composites’
design for White Knight Two, has conjoined two fuselages to form one airplane. It is
designed with a dual body configuration with a specific attachment area in the center,
to carry SpaceShipTwo up to an altitude of 50,000 feet for safe air launch.
The aircraft has four engines and one main wing on top that is entirely made up of carbon
composite. The plane is controlled by pilots from its right cockpit only. The first WhiteKnightTwo
has successfully completed its 4 ½ year test flight program. The aircraft in its 2008’s
test flight rose to a maximum altitude of 70,000 ft. Its all–carbon composite body
and open architecture design allow for great versatility in terms of weight and payload
volume. It can also operate as a zero-g aircraft for passenger training or microgravity flights.
Virgin Galactic has ordered 2 WK2 vehicles and WK2 with SpaceShipTwo make up Virgin Galactic’s
fleet of suborbital space planes. Good news is that this aircraft is expected
to hit the commercial arena pretty soon! Aviation enthusiasts are definitely up for a treat. 1. De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle This one is a downright odd design. During
the cold war, the US Army began developing personal helicopter devices for American infantrymen.
The helicopter propellers would be located under the pilot’s feet, rather than above
his head. More like a primitive version of a monocopter,
the aerocycle was a one-man platform designed to also help soldiers for surveillance missions.
This 15-foot aerial vehicle had the capacity to reach a top speed of 70 mph, making it
the fastest flying machine in 1955. There were four weights attached to its core body
to stabilize it. Amazingly, it worked!! Despite its flight success, the aerocycle
could not be brought to production use. The machine with its single rotor was excessively
loud and clumsy. Its noisy presence could be heard miles away and its open structure
was overly exposed, making it vulnerable to enemy attack. The unusual design made it more
at risk to frequent crashes and extremely challenging to operate. Two decades later,
as the technology made progress, the US army lost interest in aerocycle designs. The project
was eventually abandoned and the aerocycle prototypes were dumped in history museums.
Army hoverboards will have to wait. Thanks for watching! Be sure to subscribe
and see you soon! Byeee!!

76 thoughts on “Most BIZARRE Airplane Designs That Actually WORKED!

  1. We AMERICANS don't use the metric system: don't attempt to disgrace our aircraft by using it to measure anything of ours!!!!!!!! D:<

  2. I think she means, "The fastest one-man transport flying machine, in 1955".  …Because literally everything else the skies at that time, were faster than these things…

  3. Very nice and informative video. I am sure that there are still many weird designs out there that are kept secret…

  4. Really the aerocycle they even built prototypes ..emagin for whatever reason u fell off while in flight ..sound like meat grinder to me

  5. The RAF and RN retired their remaining Harriers in 2011, as of 2016, the Indian Navy retired the last Sea Harriers thus the Harrier Jump Jet was not in service when this was published on 29 Nov 2017!

  6. That areocycle looks scary as hell. It looks like a Flying Death Machine. You don't survive anything short of an absolutely perfect flight with zero problems.

  7. proteus looks like an insect… no, it looks like an airplane. you say it can carry 2000 lb payload, then you show an APC, which surely weights 3-4 times that, inside the virtual cargo bay of a much larger aircraft, if even that.. get your facts straight, and quit making stuff up.

  8. This is one of the most ignorant videos I have ever seen. Names of planes are wrong, What you CALL the craft are wrong, features are wrong. I suggest you get out of informational videos as you have no talent for research.

  9. These posts are really good BUT why do you use still photos. Why can't you have actual footage of these machines. It would make this site so much more.

  10. You don't know Fuselage from foot massage. I stopped at three minutes into the video as I started feeling dumber. Seriously, you should consider researching what the bits and pieces of aircraft are called before making a compilation video about Airplane Design.

  11. You say the Vought V-173 had 4 bladed props, but the pictures clearly show they had 3. But at 9:57, one of the engines only has 2!

  12. The Nemeth Parasol looks more like an Autogyro with a "solid rotary wing." I would guess that it handled like one, by the description. Even with impeccable STOL properties, helicopters do the "up-down-hover" thing better and can carry more cargo/payload.

  13. always that shit fucking pathtic begging fpor subscrupstions !! Only morons are constantly begging ! Truly good channel makers don't need to beg at all, you damn fucking bitch.

  14. Compared to a Boeing? A Boeing what?

    What is a fusellige?

    "In 1963 the pregnant guppy started doing cargo flights for NASA in the 1960s" really? 1963 is in the 1960s? Hooda thot?!

    All just in the first entry…. 😞

  15. The last helicopter thing is making a comeback as the quad copter. i see no reason it wouldn't work with self-balancing technologies used in the hoverboards and rotor speed control schemes used in current generations of cots quad copter drones.

  16. Highly interesting video. It's obvious that you went out of your way to make understanding for the viewer as difficult as possible. A few tips to even enhance previous results:
    1.    read the text even faster
    2.    choose even more agitated BGM, which is even more unrelated to the video content.
    3.    turn up the volume of the BGM even more.
    With that, you have every chance to scare away even your last viewer! Good luck!

  17. Just a quick note, ailerons are for controlling bank angle. Flaps (if the aircraft is equipped with them) help control landing speed.

  18. When the B52 was built, the military brass didn't believe it would fly. Low and behold it flew. It has been in military service longer than any other aircraft.

  19. Incomplete/incorrect information about the Vought V-173.

    Like the Nemeth parasol plane, it was an outgrowth of interest in the early '30s in to short aspect-ratio round wings for STOL.
    Zimmerman had ideas for a twin-rotor VTO craft.
    In the mid 1930s, A doctor in Indiana (Snyder) with help from a Hungarian immigrant aircraft designer (Hoffman) built and flew a couple of highly successful planes called Arup ("air" and "up").
    Round trailing edge with straight leading edge, they were as long as they were wide.
    All-wing with tail fins, they were stable, difficult to stall, impossible to spin. Nimble and quick on low power, with silly slow 28kts landing speeds (See videos on them)
    Though they worked very well, they were ignored by buyers.
    They flew for the Army and NACA and the CAA and Zimmerman was working for NACA and saw them fly.

    In '39, when the Navy decided to explore their potential for carrier planes, for some reason they let Vought and Zimmerman build his silly flapping-prop monstrosity, as if thinking he could make his VTO toy work. The gearing train for the un-necessary wing-tip props killed them.
    Meanwhile Boeing had a proposal for their model 396 test plane as an honest evaluation of the Arup. If they'd been contracted by the Navy instead of the silly Vought parody of the Arup, they'd have had a simple fighter like the Bearcat with more range, payload and speed and <40 kts landing speed.
    The V-173 STOL ability was not due to the props, but like the Nemeth plane and the Arups, due to low-aspect ratio. Planes below 1-3 aspect ratio have the property of the wing-tip vortexes at very low speed at very high angle-of-attacks, wrap around and keep flow over the front of the wing over the top of the wing from separating, keeping it from stalling at such low speed (See the NASA studies of the Wainfan "Facetmobile" which is a short-aspect-ratio lifting body.)
    Zimmerman/Vought seem to have though that these huge wing-tip vortices are present at cruise low angle of attack, so they built the props to spin counter to the wing-tip vorticecs to try to stop this supposed high drag. The myth of low aspect-ratio supposedly having excessive drag due to wing-tip wash-around persists.

    Not true. The vortices are not present at cruise, they're sleek like an all-wing. Note that both the Nemeth and the Arups had good speed for their weight/power classes.
    At low speed, you want the vortices for the STOL ability. Tests with the V-173 props going the other way around showed that the props did not affect it in any case. The props were an un-necessary complexity for a "problem" that didn't exist.

    Consider the V-173 should be called "Zimmerman's folly" or how the Navy threw away what would have been the biggest revolution in aeronautics since all-metal or monoplanes or retractable landing gear.
    The Arup planform was not dependent on props, the jet-age didn't stop it. See the Vought "jet skimmer". They'd have made awesome jets. And anyway, the navy continued operating piston-prop planes until the '70s.
    If they'd built the Boeing test plane and then the fighter based on the Arup, the planform would have taken over the fleet and then the whole military, and by now just about everything flying would be some sort of lifting body/all-wing.

  20. great vid, professionally produced, only, the sound volume's too low and hard to hear even @ max volume!

  21. Bad video. You have no idea of what you are talking about. You don't even pronounce the names correctly. Why are people compelled to publish "informational" videos about subjects of which they have no knowledge?

  22. The pancake was actually made in the 1920s called the heel lift glider by a podiatrist who noticed how well the heel from a shoe flew..very stable

  23. Earth is an airplane. A timeplane, lifeplane and any plane in it is a plane. Earth Rocks, Earth Rolls, She gets real hot and she gets real cold. This bad [email protected] makes Diamonds and Gold! Sustains all life and gives life too and whats the thanks we give her every chance and we do…..
    we 💩 all over her. Smh
    Stay up Y'all! 👍👍I gotta lay that one down on some paper!

  24. I've visited this channel for the first time and lemme tell you this is the most ignorant video I've ever seen. You really need to research more before you start talking about things

  25. Speaking of Brit aircraft and using dollars to picture money? A Boeing what? Think Stratocruiser. Super Guppy isn't worth mentioning? Or the Russian Buran transporter? The Saunders Roe Princess was not kept as a museum piece, but broken up for scrap. So many things wrong in this video. Aerodyne is the best part of this, it could stand it's own video.

  26. "The machine with its single rotor" — The Aerocycle, if you would look at your clips instead of just reading a script, had two counter-rotating rotors.

  27. Billy Lee Riley learned to fly saucers in the Nemeth Parasol..of course, he went on to greater things later…

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