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2014-01-21 01:41:13 AM  
"What's not to like? It's kinda sexy."
i2.cdn.turner.com
 
2014-01-21 08:59:42 AM  
I'd hit it.
 
2014-01-21 09:45:19 AM  

dittybopper: I'd hit it.


How the hell could you miss it?

Warner Robins air museum has an old guppy parked out back.  I always thought that one was the ugliest ever.
 
2014-01-21 09:48:57 AM  
I beg to differ, though ugly is in the eye of the beholder.  I, personally, find the Short 360 one of the ugliest planes ever produced.  I had to commute on them for a short time in my career and they are horrible.  Apparently, 12 are still in service.  With straight sides, they appear to have all of the aerodynamic qualities of a brick with wings.  In winds, they get tossed around easily.  I'd be willing to admit that it's older brother, the Short 330, is uglier, but I've never had to fly in one. I don't know how ugly it is to be on the inside.
 
2014-01-21 09:56:54 AM  

dittybopper: I'd hit it.


Hey, some people are into preggos. I don't judge.
 
2014-01-21 10:12:41 AM  

sinanju: I'd be willing to admit that it's older brother, the Short 330, is uglier, but I've never had to fly in one.


I think the Shorts Skyvan probably takes the crown. It makes the newer siblings look positively sleek.

www.abpic.co.uk

Personal "favourite" would be the Bristol Freighter. Same basic concept as the Beluga (get the cockpit out of the way) with even less gracefulness.

glostransporthistory.visit-gloucestershire.co.uk
 
2014-01-21 10:13:07 AM  
Author never heard of the Super Guppy?

i.space.com
 
2014-01-21 10:15:09 AM  
Being loaded / unloaded.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-21 10:29:45 AM  
Another excessively ugly aircraft, the Messerschmidt Me-323 Gigant:

upload.wikimedia.org

It is so ugly that none survived the war.
 
2014-01-21 10:30:18 AM  

StroboscopicCamel: dittybopper: I'd hit it.

How the hell could you miss it?

Warner Robins air museum has an old guppy parked out back.  I always thought that one was the ugliest ever.


They do? Either it's a new addition or you're referring to the frame the guppy was based on. I know they have a huge ass cargo plane out back but it's not a guppy
 
2014-01-21 10:33:22 AM  

minuslars: Author never heard of the Super Guppy?

[i.space.com image 850x563]


I see you didn't RTFA.

I got to watch a Super Guppie take off from the airfield service road about 200' from the runway. It was awesome.
 
2014-01-21 10:39:38 AM  
Boeing DreamLifter

www.aviationnews.eu
 
2014-01-21 10:43:48 AM  
There are lots of ugly planes.  The Boeing XF-32 is hideous- I suspect it lost to the F-35 just because it didn't look good, and the military can't have that

upload.wikimedia.org

Or, if you prefer crop dusters, try the Airtruk

www.flugzeuginfo.net
 
2014-01-21 10:46:52 AM  
I don't see the Nike logo anywhere...
 
2014-01-21 10:53:25 AM  
Not to knock the plane, but wouldn't it have been simpler to build the entire jet in one spot

(same problem as NASA's shuttle production).
 
2014-01-21 10:58:29 AM  

OnlyM3: Not to knock the plane, but wouldn't it have been simpler to build the entire jet in one spot


Yes, but then you can't spread around the kickbacks as much.
 
2014-01-21 11:18:03 AM  
Yeah, "weird", but the reasons for it are entirely sensible.

OnlyM3: Not to knock the plane, but wouldn't it have been simpler to build the entire jet in one spot

(same problem as NASA's shuttle production).


Yeah. Welcome to a 'federalized' supply chain, Europe!
 
2014-01-21 11:23:29 AM  

sinanju: I beg to differ, though ugly is in the eye of the beholder.  I, personally, find the Short 360 one of the ugliest planes ever produced.  I had to commute on them for a short time in my career and they are horrible.  Apparently, 12 are still in service.  With straight sides, they appear to have all of the aerodynamic qualities of a brick with wings.  In winds, they get tossed around easily.  I'd be willing to admit that it's older brother, the Short 330, is uglier, but I've never had to fly in one. I don't know how ugly it is to be on the inside.


There's a memory.  I modeled that for a simulation game way back in the early 90's.  Of  the planes we included, that was by far the ugliest.
 
2014-01-21 11:41:43 AM  

KidneyStone: StroboscopicCamel: dittybopper: I'd hit it.

How the hell could you miss it?

Warner Robins air museum has an old guppy parked out back.  I always thought that one was the ugliest ever.

They do? Either it's a new addition or you're referring to the frame the guppy was based on. I know they have a huge ass cargo plane out back but it's not a guppy.


Been a few years since I've been there but that's what I remember; at least it was a big-ol' swell-headed thing like that.  Some details may have become submerged in various ales and lagers over the years...

What exactly is it that I'm thinking of if you know?
/not snark, just curious
 
2014-01-21 11:41:49 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: There are lots of ugly planes.  The Boeing XF-32 is hideous- I suspect it lost to the F-35 just because it didn't look good, and the military can't have that

[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x571]


And yet, the Air Force, the Navy, and the Marines used the F-4 Phantom and the B-52 ("the BUFF") for decades.

//ugliest military vehicle off the top of my head is the OV-10 Bronco.
 
2014-01-21 11:50:11 AM  

StroboscopicCamel: dittybopper: I'd hit it.

How the hell could you miss it?

Warner Robins air museum has an old guppy parked out back.  I always thought that one was the ugliest ever.


They do? how the hell did I miss that one.
need to show that one to the kids.
 
2014-01-21 12:04:03 PM  
If odd is ugly, try the Bv-141

/ nopic from phone
 
2014-01-21 12:21:50 PM  

Arkanaut: Glockenspiel Hero: There are lots of ugly planes.  The Boeing XF-32 is hideous- I suspect it lost to the F-35 just because it didn't look good, and the military can't have that

[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x571]

And yet, the Air Force, the Navy, and the Marines used the F-4 Phantom and the B-52 ("the BUFF") for decades.

//ugliest military vehicle off the top of my head is the OV-10 Bronco.


Whoa, whoa, whoa; the Phantom is a sexy beast!  Don't you go bad-mouthing her!

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-21 12:49:14 PM  
This might be a contender just for concept alone:
www.hejorama.com
 
2014-01-21 01:10:35 PM  
Biatch, please! Have you *seen* the 'Tingmissartoq'?

(Sorry, can't post a pic. It's in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in DC.)

With all due respect to the planes posted here, there was a time in the late '20s - early '30s that truly was 'The Age of Butt-Ugly Aircraft'.
 
2014-01-21 01:18:35 PM  

minuslars: Author never heard of the Super Guppy?

[i.space.com image 850x563]


FTFA:

Until the mid-1990s, Airbus used another funny-looking aircraft to perform its big transporting jobs -- the "Super Guppy," a derivative of the Boeing C-97, a military cargo version of the 1940s Boeing 377 Stratocruiser.

So yeah, the author HAS heard of the Super-Guppy.
 
2014-01-21 01:30:26 PM  

Arkanaut:
//ugliest military vehicle off the top of my head is the OV-10 Bronco.

 I don't know, it's kinda cool, if you ask me. Kinda like the P-38 and the A-10 got together... Not sure why I see A-10 in it, but I do. P-38 is pretty obvious.

Glockenspiel Hero: There are lots of ugly planes.  The Boeing XF-32 is hideous-


Yeah, that looks like it will fly about as well as the last dump I took.

dittybopper: Another excessively ugly aircraft, the Messerschmidt Me-323 Gigant:
It is so ugly that none survived the war.


Yeah, that's pretty nasty...

costermonger: I think the Shorts Skyvan probably takes the crown. It makes the newer siblings look positively sleek.


OK, enough of this... Airplanes are supposed to have somewhat of an aerodynamic look. They are supposed to have smooth lines. Every oone of these guys' planes looks like a farking brick. Fark them.

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Biatch, please! Have you *seen* the 'Tingmissartoq'?


This thing? It's an open cockpit seaplane... Besides, it looks pretty good. Better than those "Shorts" things...

airandspace.si.edu

As for the Beluga (As well as the Super Guppy and the Dreamlifter), these all look pretty cool. They all have smooth lines, and actually look like they'll fly despite their size. It's even cooler when you see them being loaded or watch shows showing just how much freaking space they have. I think this is a beautiful plane. All the more so when you realize that it really flies, even though it doesn't at first even look like it could taxi successfully.
 
2014-01-21 01:37:48 PM  

StroboscopicCamel: Arkanaut: Glockenspiel Hero: There are lots of ugly planes.  The Boeing XF-32 is hideous- I suspect it lost to the F-35 just because it didn't look good, and the military can't have that

[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x571]

And yet, the Air Force, the Navy, and the Marines used the F-4 Phantom and the B-52 ("the BUFF") for decades.

//ugliest military vehicle off the top of my head is the OV-10 Bronco.

Whoa, whoa, whoa; the Phantom is a sexy beast!  Don't you go bad-mouthing her!

[upload.wikimedia.org image 556x234]


We can disagree whether B-52 are pretty or ugly, but one thing is universal: water-injected takeoffs made Babby Jeebus cry.

i302.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-21 01:51:59 PM  

Mikey1969: Arkanaut:
//ugliest military vehicle off the top of my head is the OV-10 Bronco.

 I don't know, it's kinda cool, if you ask me. Kinda like the P-38 and the A-10 got together...


... and had a grotesque miscarried monster-baby.  Yes, I know.
 
2014-01-21 02:06:57 PM  

Arkanaut: Mikey1969: Arkanaut:
//ugliest military vehicle off the top of my head is the OV-10 Bronco.

 I don't know, it's kinda cool, if you ask me. Kinda like the P-38 and the A-10 got together...

... and had a grotesque miscarried monster-baby.  Yes, I know.


I don't see ugly. I definitely don't see "ugliest ever!", and I most definitely don't see "ugliest military vehicle ever". Just with planes, there are uglier ones right here in this thread...

But hey, whatever's clever. You have a nice day in your sad, sad corner of the world with your plans that all have sharp knees... :-)
 
2014-01-21 02:42:11 PM  
Looks like a fish, flies like a bird....

Steers like a cow.
 
2014-01-21 02:48:09 PM  

Arkanaut: ... and had a grotesque miscarried monster-baby.  Yes, I know.


I'm with Mikey, I don't think it's that bad at all. It's not even the ugliest observation aircraft from the era.

www.fas.org
 
2014-01-21 02:59:26 PM  
Also, the OV-10's design starts to make a bit more sense when you realize that it's what you'd come up with if you tried to make a helicopter gunship into a fixed wing aircraft - which is essentially what the Bronco's role was.
 
2014-01-21 04:39:43 PM  
1000aircraftphotos.com

The PZL M-15 Belphegor. The world's only jet-powered biplane to see service. Now that is an ugly mofo.
 
2014-01-21 06:11:38 PM  

costermonger: Arkanaut: ... and had a grotesque miscarried monster-baby.  Yes, I know.

I'm with Mikey, I don't think it's that bad at all. It's not even the ugliest observation aircraft from the era.

[www.fas.org image 560x420]


And neither is the Mohawk.

cdn-www.airliners.net
 
2014-01-21 06:12:20 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: There are lots of ugly planes.  The Boeing XF-32 is hideous- I suspect it lost to the F-35 just because it didn't look good, and the military can't have that

[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x571]

Or, if you prefer crop dusters, try the Airtruk

[www.flugzeuginfo.net image 850x565]


I'm pretty sure the airtruk wins, hands down.
 
2014-01-21 06:13:36 PM  
www.fiddlersgreen.net
 
2014-01-21 06:34:41 PM  

www.crazyaviation.com


Ha-cha-cha-cha!

 
2014-01-21 06:36:24 PM  
Sigh...  let's try that again:


oi39.tinypic.com


Ha-cha-cha-cha!

 
2014-01-21 06:38:48 PM  

fatbear: [www.fiddlersgreen.net image 400x285]


The Pancake... that thing sucked in World of Warplanes (and in real life, as I understand it).  No idea why they even included it.
 
2014-01-21 07:35:09 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: [1000aircraftphotos.com image 450x314]

The PZL M-15 Belphegor. The world's only jet-powered biplane to see service. Now that is an ugly mofo.


What. The. MOTHER FARK IS THAT???

Kill it before it breeds.
 
2014-01-21 07:51:58 PM  

minuslars: Author never heard of the Super Guppy?

[i.space.com image 850x563]


Came here to say this.  Grew up next to an Air Force Base and remember seeing them on a not all too infrequent basis in the 60's and 70's.   I think there were 5 or 6 of them in total and given that my hometown was basically halfway between California and Florida, a lot of NASA components were built and flown as cargo on the Guppies, but refueling often caused them to take a "pit stop" along the way.
 
2014-01-21 10:20:11 PM  

DanInKansas: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: [1000aircraftphotos.com image 450x314]

The PZL M-15 Belphegor. The world's only jet-powered biplane to see service. Now that is an ugly mofo.

What. The. MOTHER FARK IS THAT???

Kill it before it breeds.


It's what happens when you take the Soviet approach to....well, just about everything, and apply it to crop-dusting. Those big pods between the wings are storage tanks for over 600 gallons of pesticides.
 
2014-01-21 10:51:34 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: DanInKansas: Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: [1000aircraftphotos.com image 450x314]

The PZL M-15 Belphegor. The world's only jet-powered biplane to see service. Now that is an ugly mofo.

What. The. MOTHER FARK IS THAT???

Kill it before it breeds.

It's what happens when you take the Soviet approach to....well, just about everything, and apply it to crop-dusting. Those big pods between the wings are storage tanks for over 600 gallons of pesticides.


Polish design, actually. The soviets insisted on the jet engine, the rest is Polish. As a whole, nobody's made uglier aircraft than PZL.
 
2014-01-21 10:57:39 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: [1000aircraftphotos.com image 450x314]

The PZL M-15 Belphegor. The world's only jet-powered biplane to see service. Now that is an ugly mofo.


I think you win.

/shudder
 
2014-01-22 12:20:24 AM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: [1000aircraftphotos.com image 450x314]

The PZL M-15 Belphegor. The world's only jet-powered biplane to see service. Now that is an ugly mofo.


I just looked up that plane.

I didn't think it was possible to have a jet with less performance than the Cessna 152 I trained in, but they managed it.  Top speed 108 knots compared to 110 for the 152, and the 152 rocked a 4-cylinder, 108 hp engine with a fixed pitch prop.

/The M-15 can outclimb a 152 though
//Barely
 
2014-01-22 12:43:31 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com

/Stipa-Caproni "Flying Barrel"
 
2014-01-22 12:58:12 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

I think the Belphegor might take the cake...  nevertheless, I am of the opinion that the Goblin is a contender.
 
2014-01-22 01:04:23 AM  
I might have to retract that last statement.  I think WordsnCollision has found the winner.
 
2014-01-22 01:07:31 AM  

WordsnCollision: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 690x435]

/Stipa-Caproni "Flying Barrel"


It looks like a clown plane.
 
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