Most Ugly Aircraft

Indeed.

The Farman F. 121
Pretty much the whole otput of French aircraft design thoughout the 1920's & 30's was one long, drawn-out WTF moment ofv epic proportions.
One can only presume the intent was to confuse the enemy, because there is no other rational explanation for such serial hideousness.
 
Pretty much the whole otput of French aircraft design thoughout the 1920's & 30's was one long, drawn-out WTF moment ofv epic proportions.
One can only presume the intent was to confuse the enemy, because there is no other rational explanation for such serial hideousness.
Aerodynamics wasn't a well-understood science in those days.
As mentioned on many spitfire threads, it was only in the early 30s when the likes of Prandtl started dabbling in it, that planes 'as we know them' started getting built.

Ludwig Prandtl - Wikipedia

If you look at the list of students, you'll see a fair few who went on to great things, in both aeronautics and automotive design,
 
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