The World's Worst Aircraft

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The great aviation pioneers, the Wright Brothers, Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, proved their doubters wrong and made history. But what about the aircraft

that proved their doubters right? What about the Flying Crane? The Flying Jeep? And Inflatoplane? Because for all the aviation success stories there’s also a vast

airfield’s worth of less than magnificent flying machines which ...

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Overview

The great aviation pioneers, the Wright Brothers, Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, proved their doubters wrong and made history. But what about the aircraft

that proved their doubters right? What about the Flying Crane? The Flying Jeep? And Inflatoplane? Because for all the aviation success stories there’s also a vast

airfield’s worth of less than magnificent flying machines which the makers would rather forget. 

More a memorial than a celebration, the World’s Worst Aircraft examines the inglorious hour of 150 civilian and military aircraft from around the world, and asks the essential questions. How on earth did these planes ever got beyond the drawing board? What went wrong? And how much money was lost by manufacturers, governments and individual dreamers in trying to make them a success? 

From Howard Hughes ’‘Spruce Goose” to the Flying Flea, each aircraft is illustrated with a full-page annotated photograph, text on its troubled history, and archive images, artwork and diagrams. Featuring some of the world’s strangest and most dangerous aviation follies, this book is a perfect illustration of how not to build aircraft.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781404218376
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     4
Bad Timing     7
Bogus Concepts     21
Power Problems     35
Unintentionally Unstable     63
Glossary     74
For More Information     75
For Further Reading     77
Index     78
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  • Posted July 7, 2010

    Good only if bored

    Having studied aircraft for over 30 years, I was really interested in reading this book when I came across it on sale.

    It was a disappointment and the reasoning on some of the aircraft chosen was illogical. A great example was the Brewster Buffalo, the Finns and RAF were able to use it to a great effect whereas the Americans were not. Or it includes aircraft that were not suited for one roll but excelled in another (Boulton Paul Defiant - day fighter vs. night fighter).

    Also included are a number of Experimental aircraft used to prove or disprove concepts such as the X-1 (yes THE X-1) and the Gloster Meteor - Prone Pilot. Why these were included I have no idea as they contributed to knowledge greatly needed.

    The lack of research is also evident on several of the aircraft profiled, the Heinkel He 177 & Curtiss Helldiver. Both suffered early problems (like most new aircraft) that were ironed out in the later models. If adequate research had been performed, the author would have found out that the He 177 engines fires only occurred at the beginning, and not throughout the program as the he indicates.

    Why the Tupolev Ant-20 was even included is never stated.

    To be fair, there are a couple that without a doubt belong in here, the Bread Ba.88 Lince is a perfect example.

    If you see this on sale for a few dollars, pick it up. However, it should not be taken seriously for a source of research

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Extremely interesting and fun

    If you like aviation history and read about strange (and sometimes laughable)attempts to new designs and technologies you will enjoy this book.
    Nice photos, some very rare. Great value for the price.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

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    Great Gift!

    This gift was a hit! Given to an aeronautics student.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

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    I really like it but...

    I really enjoy this book, but the title is a bit misleading. It is filled with planes that did not make the grade, but there are also some planes in it that did enter service and were very highly valued by their pilots. This may be splitting hairs, but the title is misleading because of it, and so I give it four stars. If you are looking for a book that gives information on a LOT of bad planes, this is the one for you. Just be aware that just because it is in the book does not mean that it was a BAD plane.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

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    It's to bad some of the aircraft designs did'nt workout. They were very imaginative concepts. However, this book cover the evolution of aircraft research in this area. It is a must read for anyone who studies the history of airflight. Sucess and failure go hand in hand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    The World's Worst Aircraft

    Pretty good book from an Aviation Historian's point of view.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Great Gift for Aviation Enthusiasts

    This was a gift for my husband who is a private pilot, airplane builder and all around aviation buff - he loved it!

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