Ten Insanely Strange Aircrafts That Actually Existed(With Pictures)

8. The Blohm & Voss BV 141

Back in 1937, the Nazi air force was in need of a single engine reconnaissance aircraft. Two planes were favorites for the task-one was the Focke-Wulf 189 “Uhu”,the other was the Blohm & Voss BV-141(LINK 5) asymmetrical tactical reconnaissance aircraft. Later these came to be known as one of the strange aircrafts that actually existed. The Focke-Wulf was a conventional twin-boom, twin engine design and was officially declared the winner. However the BV 141 design was so promising that the ministry secretly decided to continue research on the aircraft.

Unlike any other aircraft of its time, the BV 141 used an asymmetrical approach; the airplane was divided into two separate sections, joined together by the wing. The main section housed the BMW power plant while the crew cabin was located away from the body, on the wing. The design was inspired by the ideals of former aviator Richard Vogt, who was a designer at Blohm & Voss. The asymmetrical design helped offset the massive torque generated by the rotation of the engine, which would cause a normal symmetrical airplane to always favor a certain side. The field of view from the separated cockpit was brilliant, since it was unhindered by the rotating propellers or body of the aircraft. The plane was by all means a better observation aircraft than the Focke-Wulf 189 and is undoubtedly of the strange aircrafts that actually existed.

When Ernst Udet, the man in charge of aircraft development at the ministry flew the airplane, he was impressed and placed an order for 500 aircraft. Unfortunately, despite production being in full swing with 20 aircraft already completed, the project came to a halt due to various factors. The German air ministry decided sometime later that the Focke-Wulf was already filling the air reconnaissance role quite well and the batch of 500 BV 141’s would not be needed. Later, an Allied bombing raid destroyed the main Focke-Wulf factory resulting in the shifting of approximately 80% of the Blohm & Voss workforce to manufacture Focke-Wulf aircraft.

Click next page to see more

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Powered by themekiller.com anime4online.com animextoon.com apk4phone.com tengag.com moviekillers.com