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The 25 most bizarre and adventurous aircraft ever invented

by | 16th, March 2013

THE 25 most bizarrer and adventurous aircraft ever invented.

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mr carron

The Falling Cone is a device for thrill seekers. More here .

spalding

R. J. Spalding’s Flying Machine, 1889.

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nuclear

“Nuclear-powered aircraft” (“Применение атомных двигателей в авиации”), published in 1957, by G. Nesterenko, A. Sobolev, and Yu. Sushkov.
Fig. 60: Heavy helicopter with nuclear engine
Fig. 68: Nuclear carrier capable of launching orbital satellites.

The Sky Bike (via Jim Barker’s Flickr) )

The Sky Bike (via Jim Barker’s Flickr)

Mr Charles H. Zimmerman, inventor (via)

Mr Charles H. Zimmerman, inventor

Jean Piccard’s stratospheric cluster balloon “Enterprise” “Pleiades”, Soldier’s Field, Rochester, July 1937

Jean Piccard’s stratospheric cluster balloon “Enterprise” “Pleiades”, Soldier’s Field, Rochester, July 1937

lyon

Ballon competition Lyon 1784

Edwin Pynchon, Inventor, 1883

Edwin Pynchon, Inventor, 1883

The Slate Dirigible Company’s concept of air travel in 1929

The Slate Dirigible Company’s concept of air travel in 1929

“1911- An early single-framed ‘multiplane’ aircraft, built after designs by Horatio Phillips.”

“1911: An early single-framed ‘multiplane’ aircraft, built after designs by Horatio Phillips.”

“Ornithopter and creator George R. White at St. Augustine” (1927)

“Ornithopter and creator George R. White at St. Augustine” (1927)

tri-phibian

Constantinos Vlachos in his “Tri-phibian” a craft which, the inventor claimed, could navigate through air, water, and on land. It caught fire during a public demonstration outside the Library of Congress in 1935 Vlachos was dragged from the craft by a policeman and spent nine months recovering in hospital.

x-jet

The Williams X-JET, or “Williams Aerial Systems Platform II”, 1982
The previous WASP was evaluated by The US Marine Corps eight years earlier. This version was extensively tested by the US Army, who turned it down due to it is believed the fact that it could not compete with the faster and more versatile helicopter.

“Design drawing shows front and side elevations and plan of balloon with devices designed to facilitate navigation and maneuverability while in the air. 1784”
Design drawing shows front and side elevations and plan of balloon with devices designed to facilitate navigation and maneuverability while in the air. 1784

Albert Robida, 1883

Albert Robida, 1883

Stoupy Bijou, 1790

tissandier

“Albert Tissandier (left), Gaston Tissandier (right), and an

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