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World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:29 am

We all know of the Concorde's grace, the SR-71's pure black menace and the Spitfire's overall aerodynamic gorgeousness but what about the pug-uglies?

I could post a zillion examples, I would have to include just about every HP model ever built, but I want to see those that I might have missed. The Cessna helicopter is so far ahead that it does not count; it has lapped the field.
 
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:51 pm

I'll toss it the Short 330 as one of the fugliest around followed close by it's sister the 360.
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:51 pm

I would say the Ilyushin Il-76 is pretty ugly, remarkable aircraft but not really a pretty one is it?
 
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:02 pm

Any aircraft that looks like my mother in law.  duck 
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:38 pm



Quoting 767nutter (Reply 2):
I would say the Ilyushin Il-76 is pretty ugly, remarkable aircraft but not really a pretty one is it?

Strongly disagree. I think it looks very cool indeed, high, swept wing, massive t-tail, huge great big grinning glass smile at the front - awesome.
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:10 pm

Definitely the Shorts Skyvan. Does it actually fly, or is it an illusion?
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:48 pm

I second the vote for the Shorts. (all of them) They look like the box the Twin Otter came in.
There was that East German jetliner called the Baade something or other. I dont even know if it went into service. Anyway, this thing looked like a seven year old tried to put together a B-52 model but only had half the parts.

Quoting ThirtyEcho (Thread starter):
Spitfire's overall aerodynamic gorgeousness

The Spit isnt even the best looking WWII fighter. I think that both the P-38 and the P-51 are better looking, but all three are pretty easy on the eyes.
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:29 am



Quoting Readytotaxi (Reply 3):
Any aircraft that looks like my mother in law.

There are no ugly aircrafts. Just not enough vodka.

Just ask any Aeroflot pilot  duck 
 
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:16 am

Beech 1900D is at the top of my list!
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:16 am

No. 1 - Beluga
No. 2 - A-380
No. 3 - BAC 1-11

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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:18 am

Any short, fat ones

737-100 -200 -500 -600
A318
etc.

They just look so out of proportion
 
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Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:50 pm

you don't get a second chance to make a first impression!
 
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Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:09 pm



Quoting AirCatalonia (Reply 7):
There are no ugly aircrafts. Just not enough vodka.

Just ask any Aeroflot pilot

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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:22 pm

No doubt Beluga for me stands first.
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:50 pm

Here, I found a pic of the Baade 152. Man, this thing looks silly.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Baade-152-ZYA_B.png
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Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:34 pm

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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:03 pm

The BAe 146-200 and -.300, or Avro, or whatever name they'll find for it - just UGLY!
 
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:02 pm

Any thing flying can not be ugly ...

The ugliness is only in the eyes of the one who is looking
 
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:08 pm

May I say the A380! No offence to anyone

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Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:01 pm

This 707 looks really weird


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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:03 am



Quoting EkA380 (Reply 18):
May I say the A380! No offence to anyone

I will 2nd that
and add in the shorts 330 & 360 flew a 330 it flies like it looks
737-500 A318 & 19 just look stumpy to me although they are not bad to fly on
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Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:49 am

There is a plane that its name i never remember: the first Nazi fighter. i was talking about it today, actually.
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Fri Feb 13, 2009 4:52 am

I wish to add the A380 to my list!
The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
 
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:06 am

To me all filthy jets, screaming for a good washing, are simply the ugliest one.
Last week a saw a Thai 747-400 in Stockholm Arlanda that looked just terrible, in its old color scheme and more dark-grey-to-black than white. What a contrast to the other Thai 747-400 that I saw in Munich earlier this week, spotless and in a new color scheme!
 
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Fri Feb 13, 2009 3:46 pm

Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, anyone?

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Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:42 am

Of course when it comes to ugly but functional planes, the Breguet 763 definitely belongs up there:


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What I find interesting about the Breguet 763 was that its basic layout--dual passenger decks with a mid-level cockpit--may have been a small inspiration for the Airbus A380 interior layout.
 
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:48 am



Quoting RayChuang (Reply 25):
Of course when it comes to ugly but functional planes, the Breguet 763 definitely belongs up there:

I'd love to see what that plane looked like inside. It's definitely an ugly duckling, but something tells me it was a pretty cool interior!
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Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:28 pm

Lockheed L-1011, with the exception of the shorter 500 series.
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Tue Feb 17, 2009 2:10 am



Quoting AirCatalonia (Reply 7):
There are no ugly aircrafts. Just not enough vodka.

Just ask any Aeroflot pilot

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Quoting EkA380 (Reply 18):
May I say the A380!

I agree, but I think it's one of the best looking of the uglies.


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Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:20 am



Quoting AustrianZRH (Reply 24):
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, anyone?

Doesn't count because it couldn't actually fly.

It was simply so ugly that the ground repelled it!  duck 
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Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:53 pm

I'm surprised that nobody's mentioned the 777 and it's bloaty circular fuselage and low window-line... bring back the double-bubble!!!

Actually, all widebody twins look pretty boring. Unless they're bending their wings...

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 17):
Any thing flying can not be ugly ...

The ugliness is only in the eyes of the one who is looking

FWIW, motion seconded.  Smile

That said, most of the ones mentioned do look silly one way or another.

Quoting TDubJFK (Reply 8):
Beech 1900D is at the top of my list!

It's awful compared to the beautiful B1900C... or the even more awesome Metro II... Big grin
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Thu Feb 19, 2009 8:12 pm



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 29):
It was simply so ugly that the ground repelled it!

No, you're thinking of helicopters.
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Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:08 am

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Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:37 am



Quoting UltimateDelta (Reply 5):
Definitely the Shorts Skyvan. Does it actually fly, or is it an illusion?

An illusion, the earth actually repelled its presence  Wink

Quoting Readytotaxi (Reply 3):
Any aircraft that looks like my mother in law.

Your mother in law looks like a Beluga???
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:11 pm



Quoting 747m8te (Reply 33):
Your mother in law looks like a Beluga???

On a really GOOD DAY, with the sun behind her !
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Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:19 pm



Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 19):

Now thats what we call a 'Peckham Nose job'!

LOL
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Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:38 am



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 37):

hey now thats a quality acid plane!

Handley Page B.1/B.2 Victor is pretty bad. PL-12 Airtruk, myasischev VM T Atlant, Morrissey 2150 nifty, and the Beriev Be-103 would be up there for me.
 
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Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:58 am



Quoting ElBandGeek (Reply 10):
Any short, fat ones

I was going to say the exact same thing, but you put it more precisely than I might have. Hate the short, fat ones. Even more so when they have those PW engines.

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 37):
I win.

At the risk of pissing off a moderator, Sorry 2H4, with every bit of respect to you, Devilfish wins  Smile

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Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:57 pm



Quoting Alaska737 (Reply 38):
hey now thats a quality acid plane!

Don't get me wrong, I love it and it's one of my very favorite airplanes. I just wish I could afford to import one, restore it to flying condition, and become the spectacle of every fly-in I attend.

Quoting Rsrik (Reply 39):
At the risk of pissing off a moderator, Sorry 2H4, with every bit of respect to you, Devilfish wins

No worries, I'm not even a moderator.  Smile

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Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:28 pm



Quoting Readytotaxi (Reply 3):
Any aircraft that looks like my mother in law.

So I take it your wife didn't get her looks from her mother? haha  Wink

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 14):
Here, I found a pic of the Baade 152. Man, this thing looks silly.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...B.png

Gotta love the US knockoffs, turning a B-52 into a pax jet... what a joke.


I would say the A380 is up there, maybe not my top, I have certainly seen a lot of ugly WWII era German aircraft.
 
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Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 41):
Gotta love the US knockoffs, turning a B-52 into a pax jet... what a joke.

Considering all the technologies that trickled-down, it could be argued that the 707 was just that.

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Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:16 pm

I was only referring to the looks of the Baade. It was designed by Germans who had been captured by the Russians after WWII. I don't think that any of the actual technology can be traced back to the B-52 or any other American design.
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Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:47 am

Quoting FlySSC (Reply 17):
Any thing flying can not be ugly ...

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Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 19):
This 707 looks really weird

The condition of this one seems much more acute and at a very advanced stage.....

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Quoting Rsrik (Reply 39):

Why, thank you for the dubious honor. First time I've won at anything - ugliness does have its rewards. Shall we call it the Rsrik Cup or (modesty aside) Devil's List?

My apologies to the thread starter as I couldn't immediately come up with a catchy title based on his user name.  sorry 

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Fri Feb 27, 2009 6:31 am

Quoting Delta777Jet (Reply 9):
No. 1 - Beluga

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Errr.... a more ragged garb better fits the character.....  cheeky 

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Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:58 pm



Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 44):
Shall we call it the Rsrik Cup

Sure, why not, let's name it the rsrik cup. I have never seen an award named after me  Smile

Oh man! The Boeing 707-385C Phalcon stirred me up, and in a very bad way. I am sure it serves some purpose to have it look like that, but that protruded nose seems like a tumor.
 
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Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:44 am



Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 45):
A picture or two are worth a thousand words.....

We have the Beluga flying over our house like every Wednesday, they go to Broughton.



How about the A340-600? Its like Marmite, you either love it or hate it(!).

I personally think its a very interesting plane!
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:04 pm



Quoting Metroliner (Reply 30):
Actually, all widebody twins look pretty boring

The Boeing 767 has to be the most boring plane out there.
 
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RE: World's Most Ugly Airplanes

Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:52 pm

All 737's and A380's yuck, yuck!!

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