Ten Insanely Strange Aircrafts That Actually Existed(With Pictures)

3. The Avro VZ9 Avrocar

The VZ9 was the result of the experiment carried out by Avro Canada and the US military to create a flying saucer so you can easily understand why it ended up in our list of strange aircrafts that actually existed. Clearly someone in the Pentagon had been watching too many alien movies. The military hoped the saucer would have stealth characteristics, be able to fly as high as 100,000 feet, and have a top speed exceeding mach 2. The proof-of-concept vehicle created by Avro was nowhere close to achieving these impressive goals set by the US military. Instead, it could barely go higher than 3 or 4 feet before losing control and the maximum speed was just 35 miles per hour. On top of that, piloting the aircraft was a huge pain because the centralized rotor would lift all the water from any puddles in the ground and shove it into the pilots face. So it was really difficult to fly without a protective windshield.

Numerous tests in the air tunnels at NASA revealed that the aircraft design was fundamentally flawed, and any attempt to increase the performance would require a complete overhaul of the basic design. After wasting more than $10 million on the project, the government finally decided it was in its best interests to abandon the project that attempted to create one of the strange aircrafts that actually existed.

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