Amazing that all of these aircraft were able to get off the ground and fly. The only things stranger than these planes are the reasons they were constructed. I suspect part of this history involved engineers saying, “Let’s see if we can get this peculiar shape to fly."
Rob Spiegel has covered manufacturing for 22 years, 19 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include automation, supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cybersecurity. For 10 years, he was the owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.