The 7 Weirdest Planes, Helicopters, And Aviation Cross-Overs

Credit: ArchiTexty / Flickr

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a flying pancake…

Take a look at some of the weirdest planes, helicopters, and aviation mash-ups that go beyond imagination:

Some of which leave us wondering “what were they thinking?”

Are UFOs from another planet, dimension, or cutting-edge human technology?

7. Vought V-173 “Flying Pancake”

is it a plane? If so, it is definitely one of the weirdest planes ever built:

The Flying Pancake, which was the U.S. Navy’s official name for the plane, can easily be identified due to its strange round, flying saucer-like design.

The odd design of the plane was to have an aircraft that was capable of taking off and landing in tight spaces. The prototype of the Vought V-173 performed very well with low take-offs and landings owing to the lift-generating design of this disk-shaped aircraft.

CHECK OUT: 7 Futuristic Military Vehicles And Weapons That Have Actually Been Available For Years

6. Lockheed Martin P-791

Lockheed Martin’s P-791 was a supersized version of the classic airship. This weird aviation cross-over had a tri-hull design with a disk-shaped landing cushion attached to the bottom.

The flying machine was developed for carrying out missions as an intelligence-gathering vehicle and for carrying heavy load cargo.

Even though the U.S. Army never picked up this project from Lockheed, there are many private companies that are still interested in the P-791, and it may soon be seen flying the skies with both cargo and passengers in remote locations such as Alaska.

5. Hafner Rotabuggy

This weird helicopter was actually known as an airborne jeep:

Manufactured in the UK, the Hafner Rotabuggy took a jeep and placed chopper blades on top of the vehicle. There was only one test model ever to be built, and it had a successful ten-minute test flight, even reaching speeds of 65 miles per hour at an altitude of 400 feet.

However, owing to the cartoon-like design of the vehicle and lack of safety for the pilot, the project never took off.

CHECK OUT: 7 Best Drones for Beginners In 2021 (For Adults)

4. De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle

One of the weirdest aerial devices on this list literally has a soldier standing on top of rotating helicopter blades:

(Health and safety didn’t exist back then clearly).

The questionable design of the HZ-1 Aerocycle was built as a low-cost reconnaissance vehicle that the pilot could steer by simply shifting his body weight.

In fact the HZ-1 Aerocycle’s design is very much like the hoverboard or Segue we use today.

Unfortunately, the maneuverability of the aerocycle was terrible, and soldiers were highly reluctant to be assigned duty to pilot this contraption, which also turned out to be quite the death trap.

3. Curtiss-Wright VZ-7

The design of this contraption was downright weird. The Curtiss-Wright VZ-7 was a bizarre invention and was often referred to as the ‘Flying Jeep.’ This is because the VZ-7 was actually a combination between a jeep and an aircraft.

There were just two prototypes that were delivered, but due to the unsightly contraption and the overly exposed cockpit, the aircraft failed to catch the fancy of either pilots or the Army.

Eventually, the program for developing this jeep come aircraft was discontinued.

CHECK OUT: 7 Top-Rated Drones for Kids In 2021 ($100 Or Less)

2. Boeing B377PG’ Pregnant Guppy’

This is one of those weirdest planes, and its name isn’t much better:

The Pregnant Guppy, also known as The Super Guppy, is a modified Boeing 377 that was designed by NASA for transporting bulky components for its Apollo missions.

This bloated and strange-looking aircraft was one of the lesser-known aircraft that played an important role in the U.S. space program.

1. Bartini Beriev VVA 14

Perhaps one of the weirdest planes in the world ever is the Bartini Beriev VVA 14. Looking like a bizarre combination of an airplane and submarine.

The VVA 14 was designed to be an amphibious vehicle that could take off from both water and land. It had a vertical take-off and landing feature and was built out of Russia’s fear of a submarine-launched nuclear attack.

The plane’s ability to glide over the ocean while carrying out high-speed submarine detection missions made the VVA 14 one of the critical projects of the Russian military.

However, the project was canceled after the failed vertical take-off of the jet engines and the death of one of the key engineers.

One of the last models of this plane can be seen at the Air Force Museum in Moscow.

CHECK OUT: 7 UFO Sightings That Have Become Modern Day Folklore

Looking For Something A Little Different In Your Inbox?

What others are reading right now?

Most Wanted Baseball Cards 1990s

Card Grading 101: PSA vs. Beckett vs. SGC

Grading can make or break a card’s value. Buying an ungraded card is like playing roulette when chasing bargains… Read More?

Most Expensive TVs

10 Most Expensive TVs In The World

These expensive TVs aren’t made for the casual consumer, instead, they’re built to be big, bold, brash, and for the rich… Read More?

Most Valuable Stamps

The Most Valuable Stamps in the World

When stamps first went on sale back on July 1, 1847, who would have thought they’d become coveted… Read More?

Follow on Facebook

Reasons to follow

  1. What is Nerdable?
  2. Are the writers’ experts?
  3. What is an authority on?
  4. Why is trustworthy?

Q. What is Nerdable?

Have you ever found yourself engrossed in a subject that’s not commonly discussed in reality TV, daytime fiction, or across TMZ style websites? If so, might be for you.

Q. Are the writers’ experts?

The world of Nerdable is broad, from vintage watches to AR glasses. It is impossible for one person to be an expert on everything. However, the writers are enthusiasts regarding what they cover. So if you see an article, you know that they’re interested in the subject.

Q. What is an authority on?

Buying and selling collectibles, auctions, grading, technology, retro-bargain hunting, and all things nerdy. They’re also passionate fact-finders and data junkies. All of which leads to this eclectic website.

Q. Why is trustworthy?

Don’t worry, isn’t asking you to buy anything, so your money is safe. However, the website does praise, critique, and analyze items. The site also presents facts based on the information researched. These facts are only as good as the sources used and the writers aren’t too proud or pig-headed to consider themselves infallible.

Follow on Facebook