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World's Worst Aircraft based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This assortment includes a variety of airplanes, some that flew (but were unpopular, like the P39 which had poor high altitude performance - but did OK at low altitudes on the Eastern front), and some that flopped, like Langley's and the Barling Bomber. The only place I've seen photos of the Douglas sbd2d family of overweight bombers with 'corncob' engine. When Dad graduated from engineering school during the war, his first job was writing maintenance manuals for these - before transferring to a more successful project, and getting drafted.
I gave away my copy to an aviation buff who loved it; now I'm going to have to get another one. Humorously written, with dozens of photograhs of planes you won't believe someone actually built, but sure enough, they did. Like the Cygnus, built by Alexander Graham Bell(!), which had tetrahedrons instead of wings. Or a WWI aircraft built with too much armor and an underpowered engine, so it was useless for bombing anything except your own runway. Or a German-built aircraft designed with one wing much longer than the other, and somehow, it flew. My only quibble is that the book doesn't include the V-22 Osprey, but that's because it came out before the Osprey did. It's time for an updated edition!