The "ugliest" a/c of all times

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  1. ivanotter

    ivanotter Member

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    Here is a new one:

    The ugliest a/c in your opinion. The one that make your stomack turn.

    Never mind functionality or usage. Just plain ugly. Something where you feel the designers turned it into a joke on purpose.

    Like my candidate: X-32

    I get the feeling the designers did it on purpose. Just to embarras the sales man. Maybe they had a competition to redefine "ugly".

    Any other candidates?

    Ivan
     
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    How's this?
     

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    yes, that one is bad.

    Combine that look with the Whitley's flight profile, the drooping nose, does not make it much better. It is the prototype as far as I recall it?
     
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    Any aircraft made by Blackburn.

    Just to show a few............
     

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    If you include the Buccaneer in that statement then you ought to be hung, drawn and quartered! Pistols at dawn, Sir!!! I demand satisfaction!
     
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    Any blind squirrel can find a nut every now and then. Fact is Blackburn made UGLY planes. But I will satisfy your request sir!..... :lol:
     

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    Every second plane the French made in the 1920's and 30's?

    Or was it 2 out of 3? :lol:
     
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    9 out of 10 French aircraft were ugly in the 20s and 30s.

    Thorlifter,
    You coward, bringing out the And those pistol-totin' gophers! Looks like they have sharp, pointy teeth as well! RUN AWAY!!!!
     
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    +2 about the French planes..:D
     
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    +3 on the French planes.
     
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    There were some real ugly planes out there, but it does seem like the French produced some of the ugliest...

    Here's a French machine (roughed up by the Germans during 1940) that has to be a grand-prize winner in the fugly catergory...
     

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    We have a winner! Fugly alright.
     

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    Not sure what it is, but it's ugly and looks like French early 1930s
     

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    Could be Russian - they did make a few clunkers. Note the different props left and right!
     
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    i think its a tupelov Tu3. VB was building one for the heavy hitters GB not sure if he finished it or not
     
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    Junkers G 38?
    Or Japanese Ki 20?
     
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    I am terrible convinced it is the famous ANT-20:

    Wkipedia:

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    From Wki:

    The ANT-20 was designed by Andrei Tupolev and constructed between July 4, 1933 and April 3, 1934. It was one of two aircraft of its kind ever built by the Soviets. The aircraft was named after Maxim Gorky and dedicated to the 40th anniversary of his literary and public activities.

    It was intended for Stalinist propaganda purposes and, therefore, equipped with a powerful radio set called "Voice from the sky" ("Голос с неба", golos s neba), printing machinery, radiostations, photographic laboratory, film projector with sound for showing movies in flight, library etc. For the first time in aviation history, this aircraft was equipped with a ladder, which would fold itself and become a part of the floor.

    Also, for the first time in aviation history, the aircraft used not only direct current, but alternating current of 120 volts, as well. The aircraft could be disassembled and transported by railroad if needed. The giant aircraft set a number of carrying capacity world records and is also the subject of a 1934 painting by Vasily Kuptsov, in the collection of the Russian Museum at St. Petersburg
     
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    Russian's were really trying for a super ugly monster plane, with the design of the ANT-20 and the Kalinin K-7.
     
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    I don't actually find the ANT-20 THAT bad. It's not a good looking airplane, but it's at least kind of streamlined, unlike some of the French ones!
     
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    ANT-20 is an odd thing.

    The Kalinin K-7 is even more odd.

    PS: The inventor of The Kalinin. Mr. Kalinin, got executed as "enemy of the state" because his invention crashed and killed 14 people.

    Now, how is that for incentive for the F-35 project (giggle).

    PPS: are the military a/c actually designed? Or do they just get the look because the engineers have hurled the components together?

    Was it luck that the F-4 and Super Hornet actually look good?
     
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