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Most Ugly Aircraft

maguire

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The Wellesley had a rudimentary auto pilot and the long range versions could stay airborne for over 36 hours.

George or not, would you like to spend 36 hours in the pilots seat? and then flying back for a landing? and if it's carrying fuel for 36 hours, it's probably unable to carry any meaningful warload for dealing with U-boats.
 

In the same vein as the test pilots having a YMBFJ moment when confronted with a pile of scrap you can't help but feel sorry for pilots assigned to that horror.

You enlist as a Brylcreem Boy. Go through pretty tough training. Earn your wings. All set to go to Kent, get a Spitfire or Hurricane, shoot down the Boche, drink gallons of Fremlins and knob all the Land Girls.

And they give you that.

So shite it was only used against the upstarts in the Umboto Gorge.
 
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Jeff quill told the tale of doing spinning trials on the Wellesley from Weighbridge.
Over the Kingston bypass he got one spinning that then flattened out into a stable flat spin. no controll or power input would retrieve the situation so he reluctantly bailed out.There then followed a tense minute as the slowly spinning Wellesley caught up with the parachute suspended test pilot, passed him at uncomfortably close quarters and then proceeded down to embed itself in the roof of a newly built semi on the bypass.
In the 1950’s he was doing a thing at the BBC when a young woman introduced herself. She said they had nearly met before.Jeff’s Wellesley had imbedded itself in the roof of her pregnant mothers house, the shock causing the young woman to arrive in the world a little early.
 
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Legs

ADC
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A little bit off topic. Sort of. Although not the ugliest aeroplane of WW2, the Brewster Buccaneer was (allegedly) the worst (at least on the Allies' side). A short documentary here:


The Dark Skies YouTube channel has some interesting aircraft documentaries which some here may find interesting (even if the Septic narrator speaks at about Mach 10).
 

Zaphod

Swinger
A little bit off topic. Sort of. Although not the ugliest aeroplane of WW2, the Brewster Buccaneer was (allegedly) the worst (at least on the Allies' side). A short documentary here:


The Dark Skies YouTube channel has some interesting aircraft documentaries which some here may find interesting (even if the Septic narrator speaks at about Mach 10).
A contender for the worst axis aircraft is the Breda 88 Lince
Breda-Ba-88-Lince.jpg

The prototype set some speed records but by the time they stuck the necessary military equipment on it, it was even money if it could actually get airborne. They eventually found a use for them as decoy targets on airfields.
 
A contender for the worst axis aircraft is the Breda 88 Lince
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The prototype set some speed records but by the time they stuck the necessary military equipment on it, it was even money if it could actually get airborne. They eventually found a use for them as decoy targets on airfields.

Aah yes, Il Duce's amazing armaments.
He had some pretty quick tanks as well.
Until they bolted on guns and armour!

 
A contender for the worst axis aircraft is the Breda 88 Lince
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The prototype set some speed records but by the time they stuck the necessary military equipment on it, it was even money if it could actually get airborne. They eventually found a use for them as decoy targets on airfields.
That actually looks quite attractive, whilst tending towards the Scaleyalbereto side of aircraft design.
 
Like the Wellington, not a sleek skin , but strong as a strong thing underneath.
On his first tour grandad told of battle damage like that.
A needle and thread with some new Irish linen and they would nearly allways be good to go.
In a lot of ways vickers were well ahead of their time with regard to building in battle damage resilience.
anyway when I see a Wellesley. In plan I allways am minded of a U2 or motor glider.
 
I used two rolls of that with a bag of small tie wraps, and a gas soldering iron to repair a hole on the wing of my avatar.big enough to get my head through.
It was good enough for a 40 min flight back to base.!
 

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