Thursday, March 21, 2013

Flying things: real and imagined, old and new

Just a few things I found over the past week.

io9 has an article detailing the Weirdest Aircraft of the 20th Century. I have previously posted about several of them: The Aerocar (an actual flying car), the Lockheed XVF-1 tail-sitting VTOL prototype, the UFO-like Avrocar, and the Bartini Beriev VVA-14. On the latter, I had only seen a decaying airframe. The io9 article includes the following photo and a nice video too. I like the nose and the SRB-like pontoons.

Spotted on the x-planes photo blog, here are stills of a air-launched rocket from an Russian film circa 1957. (via and via)

Via Kemon01 on Flickr, here's a Fairchild C-82 with its props stopped and powered by two strap-on turbojets.

Fairchild C-82 with its engines stopped maintains flight with the aid of two small turbojets mounted atop the plane, while a crew member stands in the open doorway.

And, last but not least, Sascha Grant's 10" Art Applewhite saucer with some cool custom decals.

Art Applewhite 10" Saucer


  1. I think it's time to order one of Art's saucers and ask Sascha if he is willing to share his decal set.

    1. shoot me an email and the decals are yours :)