Most Ugly Aircraft

diverman

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As described in airshows in the 90s the French sludge bucket, Hurrel Dubois HD 34

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Yokel

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How about the Fouga Zephyr?

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A carrier capable trainer, it put function over form, which could perhaps be forgiven but for two things. The pilots did not have ejection seats, hence the canopy being open during landing or launch. However, those tailplanes were likely to catch any escaping pilots....
 
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How about the Fouga Zephyr?

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A carrier capable trainer, it put function over form, which could perhaps be forgiven but for two things. The pilots did not have ejection seats, hence the canopy being open during landing or launch. However, those tailplanes were likely to catch any escaping pilots....
the drill for escaping from a Fouga was to roll the aircraft upside down, pull the canopy release lever,which jettisoned the canopy and release your seat belt and fall out. That was the theory. i don'tknow if there has ever been a successful escape from a Fouga in flight. Not much use either in a naval aircraft.
 
the drill for escaping from a Fouga was to roll the aircraft upside down, pull the canopy release lever,which jettisoned the canopy and release your seat belt and fall out. That was the theory. i don'tknow if there has ever been a successful escape from a Fouga in flight. Not much use either in a naval aircraft.

Parachute had static line clipped to side of cockpit as well. You just got out and the laundry deployed as you left.

Colleague I flew with was Froggie Mirage jockey and he trained on them. Some interesting stories. One was that they had quite a few spurious fire warnings resulting in pilot bailing. SOP introduced to do a 360 and check out your smoke trail before making hasty decisions.
 
I know that there was a flirtation with blimps at one point as a substitute for helicopters in the province but did they ever look at anything like this?

Not quite as specialised as that but the RUC did evaluate an Optica for three months in 1988.

About the same time the AAC was adopting the Islander and there were proposals to install a control console for the Phoenix RPV so it could be controlled at long range, but that fizzled out.

It's odd that RPVs / UAVs weren't actively used, especially since Shorts had demonstrated experience in the area with the SkySpy.
 
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HE117

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Not quite as specialised as that but the RUC did evaluate an Optica for three months in 1988.

About the same time the AAC was adopting the Islander and there were proposals to install a control console for the Phoenix RPV so it could be controlled at long range, but that fizzled out.

It's odd that RPVs / UAVs weren't actively used, especially since Shorts had demonstrated experience in the area with the SkySpy.
From what I recall there were some gibberings about legal liabilities in the corridors of power.. This may have only been a delaying tactic, who knows! I got the feeling that the winged (and rotored) sky gods were not that keen about being replaced..
 
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