History has produced some amazing airplanes. And then there are these.
Take, for instance, the Corvair X-6, a proposed nuclear-powered version of the B-36 Peacemaker. 1 crash, into New York City, say, would have irradiated much of Manhattan for a few centuries. Then there was the Budd Conestoga, a World War II cargo plane built entirely from stainless steel to alleviate a predicted shortage of aluminum. Cost overruns and launch delays - - and no aluminum shortage - - led to the Conestoga's cancelation. A few never got built: William Henson's proposed Aerial Steam Carriage of 1842 received a lot of press, much of it satirical. And the flying Albatross of Jean-Marie Le Bris did manage to take off, then promptly crashed into a rock quarry.
Even the Wright brothers didn't have much luck with their 1904 flyer.
Here are the pictures and stories of those flying machines, plus many other odd and unusual aircraft whose time has not yet come - or would never arrive.
Phil Scott. Hylas Publishing, 2003. Hardcover, 220 pages. Condition: New. Price: $10. 00 + $3.90 shipping. Please DM if interested.
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