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Most Ugly Aircraft

Bell 61

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Looks like someone misread the Airfix instructions........................
 

Tyk

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Would have been ideal for the jolly brave chaps of SOE, 1942-1944.

Probably, but they made do with the Lysander for the task which is relatively decent looking as well as highly capable. You can see the lineage in that weird, but impressive red beast.
 
Back in the day, there was a cartoon in Air Clues about flight plans; those for Shackleton flights being written on a page-a-day calendar...

And the ASI in Catalinas being replaced by a calendar.
 

tiv

LE
I actually quite liked the look of the Twin Pioneer. I seem to remember that it could carry bombs under the sponsons and some enterprising person in the Indonesian conflict fitted machine guns as well - in a number of locations!
Coincedentially I was going through some aircraft documentaries on the PVR recently and there was one on the Twin Pioneer. Two former crew mentioned doing some bombing with it and this popped up on the screen. Sorry about the quality, photographed the screen with a camera.

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I actually quite liked the look of the Twin Pioneer.
Me too, and it could land in places you wouldn't expect a fixed-wing aircraft to be capable of.
 

Themanwho

LE
Book Reviewer
Coincedentially I was going through some aircraft documentaries on the PVR recently and there was one on the Twin Pioneer.Two forme r crew mentioned doing some bombing with it
Where please?
 

W21A

LE
Book Reviewer
This one is at the Scottish Aviation Museum at East Fortune. It has dents and dinks and lots of character and very quickly became my favorite.

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tiv

LE
Where please?
This won't be a lot of help but it was in a series titled Classic British Aircraft and the episode was called Transporters that was broadcast last February on Quest. ISTR the series has been shown a few times as is the way on Freeview but not noticed it lately.

Having said that I Googled it and it's on YouTube
The bomb bit is at 7:20.
 

RBMK

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Book Reviewer
If it's wokkas then the Bristol Belvedere ....

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Can you make it a bit longer, and maybe put some little wings on the back, oh, and make the front landing gear longer [so we can get a torpwdo underneath as requested by the navy that never used the thing...]
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Oh, and make a bulge on one side of the fuselage so that the pilot can squeeze past the front engine to get to the cabin...

The troops can climb the 4' to get in and we'll give the pilots a 7' ladder so they can get in and out.

The only word for this wokka is ... KLUDGE.
 
Not sure of the model no. of the Piasecki helicopter shown, but in service models were the H-21.

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Not sure of the model no. of the Piasecki helicopter shown, but in service models were the H-21.

H-21 Shawnee, more commonly the Flying Banana. Also beloved of the Frogs, both they and the Septics used it as a gunship!
 

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