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