Top 10 Most Bizarre Airplanes You Won’t Believe Exist

Top 10 Most Bizarre Airplanes You Won’t Believe Exist


– [Narrator] Sure, you’ve
been on a plane before but I can guarantee you you’ve never been on one
of these things before. The airplane your probably flew on was some boring commercial airliner that’s basically just
a tin can that can fly. These 10 weird air flight contraptions look like they were
drawn by a 10-year-old. (bright arcade music) – Amazing! Number 10. Aerodyne. This strange airplane was created for vertical takeoff and
landing, like a helicopter. Its first-ever flight was in 1972. And while it was a success, the West German government
that had developed it lost interest in the project. The idea behind the Aerodyne was to combine the
creation of lift and thrust with a single unit and flow channel, just like a ducted fan does. Flaps at the end of
the fan divert the air, thus producing lift and thrust. Earlier designs of the
Aerodyne included a cockpit. However, only unmanned versions were ever created and tested. Somehow, the idea of a
whale-shark-looking plane flying around without a
pilot is even weirder. Number nine. Vought V-173. Nicknamed the flying
pancake for obvious reasons, the Vought V-173 was created for the World War II Pacific Theater. The demand for ship-borne planes that could take off from short runways was at an all-time high due to the US’s need to
take out various islands where the Japanese had built bases. Famed pilot Charles Lindbergh once took the flying pancake for a spin and described it as being
surprisingly easy to handle. But this wasn’t the first pancake plane. Back in 1934, the Nemeth
Parasol paved the way and proved that circular-winged aircraft could indeed get off the ground and fly, just like boring airplanes
with normal wings. The Nemeth Parasol was
a very petite plane. One newspaper at the time reported that it would be idea for
landing in your backyard. You wouldn’t even need
a hangar necessarily if you had a giant garage. The problem with these planes, however, is that they’re not as efficient
as normal-winged aircraft. Number eight. Snecma Flying Coléoptère. Coléoptère means beetle in French and is descended from the
Greek for sheathed wing. It’s easy to see why this is
a pretty appropriate name. Developed by the French
company, Snecma, in the 50s, this single-person aircraft was designed to take off and land
vertically, like the Aerodyne. Unfortunately for those
hardworking French scientists, the only prototype was
destroyed on its ninth flight. And while the Coléoptère may have died, the dream of a plane that could
replace helicopters did not. The Edgley Optica succeeded where its French forbearer failed. While it cannot take off
vertically, it can actually fly. It was designed for low-speed
observation-type work with a loiter speed of
only 80 miles per hour and a stall speed of
just 67 miles per hour. The plane’s unique cockpit,
designed for maximum visibility, has led to it being nicknamed the bug eye. Number seven. Bartini Beriev VVA-14. The Bartini Beriev VVA-14, Vertikal`no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia is the plane with the longest and possibly coolest name in this list. Only two were ever built, probably because people were tired of having to say the full name. Developed by the Soviet
Union during the 70s, it was designed to be able to take off from both the water and
fly fast for a long time. The reason it sort of
looks like a space shuttle is because it was supposed
to fly at high altitude but also still be able to fly
just above the sea surface. It was created because the Soviets thought that they needed something that could destroy American
missile submarines, and I guess they wanted
to get creative with it. When Italian-born
designer, Robert Bartini, died in 1974, the project
slowed and eventually ended with the plane having flown 107 flights. The only remaining unit was retired to the Russian Federation
Central Air Force Museum in 1987. It lives there to this very day, if you ever feel like taking a visit. Number six. The Super Guppy. The Aero Spacelines Super
Guppy is a large, wide, some might even say thick aircraft that is used for hauling
oversized cargo components. And yes, I did just use
present tense there. This thing is actually
currently in operation. Five have been built, and they are colloquially
known as simply Super Guppy. They’re operated by NASA as transport aircraft for
their specialist equipment. The first Super Guppy was created directly from the fuselage of a
C-97J Turbo Stratocruiser, which is the military version of the Boeing 377 passenger plane and was used in both the
Korean and Vietnam Wars. The fuselage was extended to 141 feet and the inside diameter was
stretched out to 25 feet, and thus, the Super Guppy was born. They are manned by a four-person crew and can carry 54,500 pounds. Number five. The Blohm & Voss BV 141. This World War II Nazi tactical
reconnaissance aircraft is proof that apparently, planes don’t need to be symmetrical. While the Blohm & Voss did perform well, it was never put into
full-scale production because the preferred
engine was unavailable and because it was generally outclassed by the Focke-Wulf FW 189. The plexiglass crew gondola on the starboard side of the plane housed the pilot, the
observer, and the rear gunner. The fuselage on the other side led from the BMW radio
engine to a tail unit. While it might look like the uneven weight would make the plane roll like crazy and cause those crazy Nazis
to fall right out of the sky, its weight was evenly supported
by lift from its wings. Between 13 and 28 were built,
but none survive today. And if you have a burning desire
to see a plane in real life that looks like that one ship
from Cloud City in Star Wars, then you’ll have to go
find the White Knight Two, which very much still exists and was used to lift the
spaceship to spacecraft to release altitude. Number four. Piaggio P.180 Avanti. This odd-looking plane that seems to have put its
wings in the wrong place is an Italian executive transport aircraft with twin turboprop engines in what’s known as a pusher configuration. It can seat up to nine
people in a pressurized cabin and can be operated by one or two pilots. It has a small forward wing, a conventional tailplane, and a main wing. It set National Aeronautic Association transcontinental speed records by going an average of 475 knots, or 546 miles per hour, breaking the previous Los Angeles to New York
turboprop record of 395 knots that was set back in 1986
in a Piper Cheyenne 400LS, created as a plane for super-rich
people to fly around in. A Piaggio P.180 Avanti will
set you back over $7 million. If you’re looking for
something a little cheaper, you may want to look into
the Beechcraft Starship, a similar plane with
similarly weirdly-placed wings that only costs $3.9 million. Number three. PZL M-15 Belphegor. The PZL M-15 was a jet-powered biplane created by WSK PZL-Mielec in Poland for use in the Soviet Union
as an agricultural plane. It was dubbed the Belphegor
due to its strange appearance and very noisy engine. Belphegor is a legendary
demon who would trick people into thinking that their
inventions would make them rich. He was the chief demon in
charge of the sin of laziness, as well as being hell’s ambassador
to the country of France. So that tells you a bit about what people thought of the aircraft. Production of the ill-fated
aircraft began in 1976. The Soviets planned to order
as many as 3,000 of them but the Belphegors proved
to be very disappointing. The jet was not economical and production was shut down
after just 175 were ever built. The Belphegor is thought to be the world’s only jet agricultural plane, the only jet biplane, and the slowest jet ever
put into mass production. Its creators are probably not thrilled about any of these titles. Number two. Sikorsky S-72. The Sikorsky S-72 was an
experimental cross breed between a helicopter and
a fixed-wing aircraft. The idea was that you could
put helicopter blades on top when you wanted to be able
to take off vertically and hover around like a helicopter, and you could just take
them off and be a plane when you wanted to be a plane. Its emergency extraction system was unique among helicopters for the time. The system would fire explosive bolts that actually cut off
the main rotor blades. Panels would get blown off
the roof of the aircraft, and then the crew was
ejected with rockets. The Sikorsky may remind you of the much more famous V-22 Osprey, which is by far the most
iconic aircraft on this list. It is also, however,
the most controversial. Michael E. O’Hanlon, a senior fellow at the
Brookings Institution, has said that its production costs are considerably greater
than for helicopters with equivalent capability. Specifically, about twice as great as for the CH-53E, which has a greater payload and an ability to carry heavy
equipment the V-22 cannot. Essentially, many have claimed that the government wasted
a huge amount of money on a plane that can do
what a helicopter can do when they could’ve just
stuck to making helicopters, but it looks cool. Number one. C-GTFF. Looking at these pictures, you are undoubtedly asking yourself why someone has decided
to put another engine on what was a perfectly good
run-of-the-mill Boeing 747. Are they trying to make it go faster? Are they just trying
to make it look cooler? Not really. What they’re really doing is testing their latest geared
turbo fan engine, the PW1200, for a different project and they’ve decided that
the best way to do that is to stick it onto a
specifically-designed stub wing attached to a Boeing 747 that they bought as essentially
a giant flying test bet. The high altitude, long flights, and wide speed range capabilities make it perfect for being a test bet. The wacky-looking stub wing
that houses the test unit can also be fitted with other engines that need to be tested. Its located just behind
the co-pilot’s seat to allow for proper airflow
around the aircraft’s nose, and also creates just enough lift to counterbalance its weight so that it doesn’t
effect the normal balance and performance of the aircraft. All it has to do is produce thrust so that it can be tested normally. So you may have laughed at first, but this weird thing
is doing important work while you’re watching YouTube
videos and eating Doritos. Hopefully, you appreciated all of these strange flying contraptions and will feel a bit safer the next time you’re flying
on a normal airplane. Which plane did you think
was the most bizarre and are there any others you
would have put in this list? Let me know what you think
in the comments down below. Thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Bizarre Airplanes You Won’t Believe Exist

  1. DCS Ka-50 Black Shark menu theme in the background, the music sounded so familiar I just had to find it.

  2. 1:52 what ??? The flying pancake would have been as fast as the jet planes of its time, had great range, and short takeoff and landing requirements.

  3. The C-97 was developed from the B-29 and B-50. In away Boeing's WWII bomber is still (in modified form) still gracing the skies in an OPERATIONAL role.

  4. Anyone notice that the woman at the end eating Doritos has a Cool Ranch bag but the chips she puts into her mouth are Nacho Cheese?

  5. very first one doesn't exist…contrary to the title; scratch that…many of these planes don't exist today–where as the title says 'exist', which is present tense

  6. I love the idea deer of number 2 if you can buy it I think I would have one at it his time until sum think better comes along.

  7. I'm gonna defend the V-22 it good aircraft and not waist of money because it can travel at speed of a airplane but lands anywhere like a helicopter and like I have heard speed is a key in battlefield,plus I seen it in action during the catastrophe of hurricane Maria during airplane couldn't land the V-22 did the job to bring material & personnel in good timing rather than helicopter

  8. you said you guaranteed I would have never been on one of the planes in the video but I've been on the super guppy.

  9. The 747 is so weird that Seminole Airways would be wanting to purchase it except it wouldn't do that good

  10. The thumbnail is Pratt & Whitney Canada's Boeing 747SP engine test bed. It's based at Montreal–Mirabel airport, and one of the only SP's still flying today 🙂

  11. Should have added the F-82 Twin Mustang and the YP-38 Lockheed Twin engine fighter. Though I'm really surprised you didn't add the "Caspian Sea Monster" Hydrofoil Plane

  12. Fuck you clickbait master.👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼every time you do it

  13. I would like to see you make a video that compares things that we know the size of to things we don't get to see everyday, like a F-35 Raptor next to a 747 or a Abrams tank next to a hummer, I'm sure we can come up with a list that would make a good video. Anyone else have any ideas of what to compare? How about the C-7 cargo airplane, what should we put it next to… a house, or school buses perhaps? Reply with ideas for a future video! Make it fun and interesting!

  14. You forgot the main reason for developing the V-22 Ospray, speed. Although there are cheaper and heavier load carrying helicopters available, by the time they get their marines to the bad guys the deed will be done and said bad guys will be back home having pizza and beer.

  15. "Crazy Nazis" invented a large portion of things you enjoy today and were the only regime to stand up against globalism and Marxism… and it only had a country the size of Montana to do it with.

  16. Wasn't the "Flying Pancake" also known as the "Flying Flapjack"? I read about it decades ago in a comic. The name had a more interesting ring to it. But perhaps "flapjack" isn't as globally known as a synonym for pancake?

  17. the V-2 osprey is not intended for heavy loads, it is meant to supplement mid-range missions. the range of a black bird is limited, the V-2 is made to compete with the Chinook, the osprey is made to outrage the Chinook and carry a comparative load. the CH-53E will always be what it is intended a shot to mid-short range heavy transport. the osprey is a mid-short to mid-long medium transport, the C130 is a long-range cargo transport.

  18. You see the thumbnail, it’s actually an EAA testing jet, where they test out airplane motors on the side of the jet! I saw it fly!

  19. "you may have laugh at first, but this weird thing is doing important work while you watching youtube videos and eating doritos" well said 😂😂😂

  20. Here is a rough prototype ion propelled aircraft that lifts its power supply from the ground: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdg0_hjuksQ

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