The Strangest Aircraft of All Time
If your idea of a "bizarre" aircraft is pre-war DH Dragon Rapide, a bloated Boeing Super Guppy, or a BA Airbus with an "ethnic" tail design, then think again! What about . . Horatio Phillips's Multiplane with its 200 separate wings? The Goodyear Inflatoplane, a totally inflatable aircraft which needs to avoid landing near rose bushes? There was the Fieseler F1 103R, basically a V1 flying bomb with a seat, or the Nakajima Ki-115, a plane designed to take off but not to land. Who could forget the Caspian Sea Monster, a 10-engine 500-ton giant designed to fly at 500 km/hr at a mind boggling altitude of just 16 feet . . Not to mention the Hughes H4 Hercules, the plane with the longest wingspan ever, made entirely from plywood. Now THAT is what bizarre aircraft is all about!
Keith Rayenjoyed had a long career in management consultancy, after originally studying engineering at Cambridge University. He is the author of the Extremely Serious Guides series as well as "Bizarre Cars," and is an avid cartoonist."