After ’10 crazy aircraft that should not be flying’, we changed it around, and picked the ugliest ones… The Airbus A380 often gets criticized for its ugliness. But compared to the following aircraft, the A380 is a queen.
These cargo-lifting behemoths have little of the sleek charm their smaller brethren offer passengers. While this particular aircraft doesn’t fly commercial routes, it is made by one of the world’s biggest commercial airliner manufacturers.
If the Lockheed Constellation was a dolphin, the Deux-Ponts was a manatee. Yet it was an excellent airplane, flying for Air France, the French Armée de l’Air and a few smaller operators from 1952 through 1971. With two full passenger decks, it could seat 135 in a pinch, substantially more than its only double-deck competition, the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser—which in fact had only a partial lower deck configured as a cocktail lounge. But it was unpressurized and had a capacity far beyond what any airline of the time needed.
The PL-11 Airtruck
The PL-11 Airtruck was in fact a successful crop-duster, appreciated by the pilots who flew it for a living. Only two were built, in New Zealand, but some of the 118 examples of its successor, the Australian Transavia PL-12 Airtruk, are still at work all over the world. The Airtruck and Airtruk were designed for a specific job—aerial application—rather than adapting a conventional airplane to the task. The pilot was placed high above both the engine and the chemicals hopper, rather than sitting between them waiting to be crushed in a crash, and the perch gave him a superb view for low-level maneuvering.
IAI Phalcon 707
The Boeing 707 is capable of carrying a Phalcon radar in the nose. And so it becomes the IAI Phalcon 707.
Short Sturgeon SB3
MCDonnell XF-85 Goblin
The McDonnell XF-85 Goblin was an American prototype fighter aircraft conceived during World War II by McDonnell Aircraft. It was intended to be deployed from the bomb bay of the giant Convair B-36 bomber as a parasite fighter. The XF-85’s intended role was to defend bombers from hostile interceptors, a need demonstrated during World War II. Two prototypes were constructed before the program was terminated.
Transavia PL-12 Airtruk