Ugly aircraft

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  1. painless

    painless Pre-takeoff checklist

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  3. Kenny Phillips

    Kenny Phillips Pattern Altitude

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    I initially disliked the "pollywog", but after having seen one in the flesh [carbon fiber], I kind of like it.
     
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    Kenny Phillips Pattern Altitude

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    He must have copied them from https://moller.com/.
     
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    3393RP Pattern Altitude

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    The frequency of such claims will increase as the allure of battery powered airplanes beckons.
     
  6. Fiveslide

    Fiveslide Pre-takeoff checklist

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    I had to like this post just so I could UNlike it!
     
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    Now ya gone from preachin' to meddlin'... :lol::lol:
     
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    Bobanna Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Farman Jabiru

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    Yep, saw one last month and I must say, me likey.
     
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    I have no pictures, but some of Al Mooney’s designs of the 1920’s and 1930’s certainly qualify.
     
  12. AKBill

    AKBill Pattern Altitude

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    Does this count..??...:)
     
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    david.h Pre-Flight

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    I like the goblin.
     
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    jimhorner Pre-takeoff checklist

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    I do too. It’s, uh, well, cute.


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    Needs three handles on each side for the pallbearers.
     
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    Ok, who's got the photo of the hideous/wild jungle-paint (IIRC) STOL plane?...I thought that one always won the ugly contests. My google-fu is off and I can't seem to find it.
     
  17. 3393RP

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    This is what's known as a short coupled aircraft!

    I'm happy to have had the opportunity around 2003 to see the Goblin at the USAF museum in Dayton, along with other famous aircraft. At the time I visited the museum, you could stand under the XB-70 and be looking at the X-3 Stilleto and a B-58.

    When I was a kid in the mid 60s, there was no airplane on Earth cooler than the XB-70. The B-58 was a close second. It was almost a religious moment to be so close to them. :D
     
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    Comanche. Just ask most posters on here.
     
  19. Pilawt

    Pilawt Final Approach PoA Supporter

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    What a great place. At the time of my visit in 2008, the XF-85 was tucked under the wing of the B-36. It was hard to get a good photo of the XB-70, since it was so big and the hangar was crowded.

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    Yes, indeed.
     
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    That's a big negatory, good buddy. the Comanch is a fine looking aircraft and you of all people know it.
     
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    Lowflynjack Pattern Altitude

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    No argument that it's ugly! The only all-metal airplane ever built under the Bellanca name, which in and of itself is a travesty. :D Only four were built. Remember the goofy little Anderson-Greenwood AG-14 twin-boom pusher two-seater? Designed by the same guy.

    I thought that pic looked familiar! It's a reverse of the pic I took at Grants Pass, Oregon, in September 2003. That's the first pic I ever had accepted on airliners.net (#0433555). A few years ago an air traffic controller in Australia contacted me about it. He was compiling an identification guide of rare aircraft for controllers and wanted to use that shot.

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  23. Lowflynjack

    Lowflynjack Pattern Altitude

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    That's funny. I can see the reversed N-number now. It was pretty much the first photo I found when searching. Someone asked me what a T-250 was and I actually remembered it.
     
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    Jeff, You should sue for copyright picture theft. :D
     
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    I dunno, the Aries kind of looks like a Turbo Lance with limo side windows, lol.
     
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  27. EdFred

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    Why? Why would someone want a model of....THAT?
     
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  28. Pilawt

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    Comanches and Twin Comanches are the most elegant designs ever from Piper. Ironically, Piper tried to modify the Twin Comanche to "improve" it in handling and visibility, and turned it into one of the ugliest Piper airplanes ever, the PA-40 Arapaho. The original PA-40 prototype looked okay (larger windows, longer main gear legs, modified airfoil), but crashed during spin tests. The PA-40 was ultimately certified and readied for a 1975 debut, but not before it was soundly beaten with an ugly stick:

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    Some heathen at Piper made sketches of a similarly-hideous treatment of the single-engine Comanche, but the company decided to go forward with PA-28 and PA-32 derivatives instead.
     
  29. 3393RP

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    Looking at the clamshell escape pod under the wing of the B-58 makes you realize the guys that flew it were committed, kinda like the joke about ham and eggs... the chicken is involved, but the pig's committed.
     
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    I've seen it in videos before but until that picture I couldn't appreciate the Valkyrie's size.

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  31. 3393RP

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    Can you imagine seeing it fly? That had to be freekin' cool, six big 28,000 lb thrust turbojets shrieking as it rolled down the runway and lifted off.
     
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    There was a horribly rainbow painted T-250 in the CTC hangar at the Killeen airport that the A+P students were using for non-destructive testing. It looked like a fake mock up of an airplane for a parade or static display. It may have flown for a while, but it was a prototype...

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  33. BrianNC

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    Staggerwing Beech - ugly GA airplane, the aardvark of the skies. Looks like a fat guy with skinny arms, trying to wipe his butt.
     
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    V-tail with tip tanks is one of the best looking planes out there!
     
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    Grounds for immediate revocation of Pilots certificate and mandatory medical review for psychosis and uncorrected vision!
     
  37. Eric Stoltz

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    Paint job only an owner can hardly love.[​IMG]
     
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    Amen!
     
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    Fallsrider Pre-takeoff checklist PoA Supporter

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    Agreed. The Staggerwing is one beautiful plane. It, along with a P-51, would be sort of a bucket list of planes I would love to take a ride in.
     
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    How to make an ugly airplane uglier.... give it an ugly paint job.

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