Planes only a mother could love

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  1. fastmongrel

    fastmongrel Well-Known Member

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    I know this has been done before but I have come across some new to me aircraft that surely only flew because they beat the air into submission. To start things off I give you the Armstrong-Whitworth A.W.29.

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    With all the grace and elegance of a factory chimney the Blackburn Blackburn

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    And not only did Blackburn love the Blackburn - they made a BIGGER version - the Cubaroo!

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    Just to show that de Havilland had their off days, the D.H 29 Doncaster:

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    Bristol Brandon, which looks reasonably comely in comparison:

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    While some planes weren't born ugly...

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    Pretty ugly stuff there, Aozora. I'm at somewhat of a loss to figure out how they could have mounted that giant antenna any better, but it IS ugly, isn't it?
     
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    fastmongrel Well-Known Member

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    Jeepers thats an insult to the air. That was definitely designed by someone who preffered walking to flying.
     
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    Here's another.
     

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    Gawd, I'd hate to see the mudder!
     
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    The Fokker DXXIII, it looked like a Reliant Robin with wings, very ugly indeed.
     
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    I am about to upload the anti-sexy, it's the opposite of a P-40
     
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    Looks like a butterfly after a long battle with drugs. Then made into creepy robot form.
     
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    #13 stug3, Jun 1, 2013
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    Looks like a flying industrial refrigeration unit.
     
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    The General Aircraft G.A.L.38 Fleet Shadower was even uglier than the Airspeed GA39 Fleet Shadower and the GA38 was bad enough.
     
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    Some French contenders

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    Notice the engines in tandem pairs?? :)

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    only made to the "H"s of French Aviation and not used any from before 1918.
     
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    If this thing is a seaplane I would hope the seats in those pontoons had some heavy duty shock absorbers.
     
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    Here's a few
     

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    #18 Marcel, Jun 1, 2013
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    go wash you mouth, young man. That's blasphemy ;)
    I always thought it's a very nice aircraft. Admittedly ot would have been even prettier with the intended DB601's installed.
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    Marcel do you have any projected performance figures for the production DXXIII. I believe it did over 300mph with only 2 x 500hp engines, 2 x 1,000hp RR or DB engines and it would have been a real flyer. Thats if they could have got the cooling for the rear engine sorted pusher engines seem to have been troublesome.
     
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    #20 Marcel, Jun 1, 2013
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    Of course:
    For the Walter Sagitta engines: 535 km/h at 4100 m, so that would be about 332km/h.
    With RR Kestrel XV it could do 565 km/h at 4425m, but I don't believe they tested that.

    Fokker calculated a speed of over 600km/h with either the DB or Merlin engines. But they were never fitted because of the embargo.
    They had cooling problems allright. More so because the Walters were air cooled inlines.
     
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