The Wright Brothers really do deserve their spot in the history books. They toiled hard for many years until they finally flew and the ’50s and ’60s were especially full of foolish and experimental catastrophes on the way to discovering and perfecting aviation for humans, with plenty of failed designs many of which crash-landed before the Wright brothers soared to success. The brothers finally succeeded in creating flying for the rest of the human race, but it wasn’t a direct flight to success for the gentlemen. These two American pioneers are credited with inventing, building, and flying the first motor operate aircraft successfully. The brothers’ efforts are only one example of a collection of badly failed aircraft designs. Let’s talk about some of the craziest aeronautical ideas that failed to take flight!
The Fisher P-75 Eagle
The Fisher P-75 Eagle was supposed to signify victory. The design of the plane was met with great optimism from many people. The number 75 was borrowed from the French 75-mm handgun which turned the tides of the first world war. The word “Eagle” in ‘’Fisher P-75 Eagle’’, comes from the USA with no further explanation other than that the eagle(Bird) is synonymous with the USA. The aircraft borrowed many aspects from many other existing aircraft that, amalgamating them to create the Fisher. It was very unfortunate that the plane performed poorly under the standards of the aircraft whose features it was built from.
The Douglas DC-10
The Douglas DC-10 was a tragedy of note. Its disastrous career in the skies led to fifty-five crashes which caused an unfortunate number of deaths. A fatal floor in the plane’s structural design was that the doors opened to the outside rather than inwards, and it was next to impossible to shut the door properly, which was a major safety concern. In 1972 there was an occasion in which the rickety doors blasted open mid-flight and this wasn’t just on one occasion, it happened again in 1974. In 1979 the Douglas had the worst tragedy it could have ever seen in its short-lived career, its wing fell off during a failed takeoff! Thankfully this plane was redesigned from the landing gear to the cockpit for a safer more appropriate design and better usage.
The Bell FM-1 Airacuda
Numerous experts believed that the Airacuda would be a great soaring success. It was towards the late thirties that the Airacuda was completed and revealed. The many experts cheering the aircraft on believed that it would be successful due to its revolutionary modeling and qualities. One of the great qualities of the Airacuda was the arrangement of its guns and the engines, allowing it also acts as a fighter jet if the need arose. Unfortunately, overheating quickly became one of its major fatal flaws. A ridiculous gunner position escape route meant that any person who occupied the position of the gunner aboard the craft would find himself fatally trapped in the event of an emergency. To add to its many weaponry flaws the whole cabin would become totally smoked out when the weapons were actually in use. How can one form a defense when he can barely breathe?
The Vought F7U Cutlass
The Cutlass was another spectacular disaster although it was famous for its rarely seen body structure, it was built with a pioneering tale and wing design. Other than the radical model, the Cutlass was riddled with countless irregularities that plagued it till the bitter end. Despite being quite a seriously zippy airplane it couldn’t stay up in the sky for very long, it couldn’t even match its counterparts’ altitudes. What was more concerning was that the Cutlass could barely make it out of its sheath. Disappointingly the plane often didn’t make it past the runway with around a quarter of its take-off attempt ended with it landing in a ditch!