World War-2 saw a major revolution in military technology spearheaded by Germany, aside producing marvelous and killer machines, the war industry had produced some bizarre ones too.
Here is the list of ten bizarre planes of WW-II
Early in World War II, the German Air Ministry requested proposals for a tactical reconnaissance aircraft to give intelligence support to army operations. Two companies responded. Focke-Wulf developed a fairly conventional twin-engine aircraft, while Blohm & Voss somehow dreamed up one of the most unconventional aircraft ever created: the asymmetric Bv 141. While the plane’s asymmetric layout seems like an engineer’s fever dream, it did serve a purpose.
2. Horten Ho 229: Another unusual Nazi project, was developed near the end of the war, after German scientists had developed jet technology. By 1943, Luftwaffe commanders realized they had made a huge mistake in choosing not to develop a long-range heavy bomber like the American B-17 or the British Lancaster. To fill this role, Luftwaffe boss Hermann Goering issued the “3×1000″ requirement, demanding a bomber that could carry 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of bombs over a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) at a speed of at least 1,000 kilometers per hour (620 mph).
Starting in the 1930s, Vought engineer Charles H. Zimmerman began experimenting. The first flying model was the V-173 (pictured above), which took to the air in 1942.
Of all the aircraft on this list, the saw the most active service. Unfortunately, that resulted in the deaths of many young airmen. The plane was designed due to a 1930s misunderstanding about how air warfare would develop.
Manufactured by America The Airacuda was Bell’s first foray into military aircraft design, and it boasted a host of unusual features. In order to give the Airacuda the best chance at destroying enemy aircraft, Bell opted to give it two forward-firing 37-mm M-4 cannons, placed in front of the unusual “pusher” engines and rear-mounted propellers.
Although a foreign concept in modern warfare, military gliders were a large part of air strategy in World War II. They were designed to be carried aloft by a tow plane and dropped near enemy territory, allowing supplies and troops to be quickly delivered during airborne operations. Out of all the war’s glider designs, the Soviets produced surely the most unusual: the A-40 flying tank.
Junkers engineer Hans Wocke led the design on arguably the most forward-thinking German aircraft of World War II: the Ju-287.
George Cornelius was an engineer known for a variety of eccentric glider and airplane designs. When World War II broke out, Cornelius was recruited to design the XFG-1, one of the most specialized aircraft ever produced. In essence, the XFG-1 was a flying fuel tank.
The idea of a flying aircraft carrier was first envisioned during World War I and experimented with during the interwar period.
With the war coming to an end, the Nazi top brass were desperate for a way to disrupt Allied shipping over the English Channel. V-1 rockets had potential, but the need for actual accuracy (never their strong suit) necessitated a manned version. Using existing V-1 fuselages, German engineers were able to install a small cockpit just ahead of the jet engine, as well as very basic controls for the pilot.