25 Bizarre Aircraft That Don't Look Like They Should FlyAttila Nagy1/22/13 9:40amFiled to: CollectionaircraftsexperimentalTop2513EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkAerospace engineers have come up with some revolutionary forward-thinking amazing straight-up insane designs. Sometimes these dreams never make it off the drawing board, but sometimes—some wonderful times—they become real. And when these alien bodies lift off into the firmament, it's like watching a spaceship transporting the human race directly into the future. Check these amazing planes out:Stipa-Caproni, an experimental Italian aircraft with a barrel-shaped fuselage (1932). Photo: Wikimedia CommonsVought V-173, the "Flying Pancake", an American experimental fighter aircraft for the United States Navy (1942). Photo: San Diego Air & Space Museum/ScribdBlohm & Voss BV 141, a World War II German tactical reconnaissance aircraft, notable for its uncommon structural asymmetry. Photo: wwiiaircraftphotos.comDouglas XB-42 Mixmaster, an experimental bomber aircraft, designed to have a very high top speed (1944). Photo: U.S. Air ForceLibellula, a tandem-winged and twin-engined British experimental plane which gives the pilot an excellent view for landing on aircraft carriers (1945). Photo: William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty ImagesNorth American XF-82. Stitch together two P-51 Mustangs, and you get this long-range escort fighter (1946). Photo: U.S. Air ForceNorthrop XB-35, an experimental flying wing heavy bomber developed for the United States Army Air Forces during and shortly after World War II. Photo: U.S. Air ForceMcDonnell XF-85 Goblin, an American prototype jet fighter, intended to be deployed from the bomb bay of the Convair B-36 (1948). Photo: U.S. Air ForceMartin XB-51, an American "tri-jet" ground attack aircraft. Note the unorthodox design: one engine at the tail, and two underneath the forward fuselage in pods (1949). Photo: U.S. Air ForceDouglas X-3 Stiletto, built to investigate the design features necessary for an aircraft to sustain supersonic speeds (1953 - 1956) Photo: NASA/DFRCLockheed XFV, "The Salmon," an experimental tailsitter prototype escort fighter aircraft (1953). Photo: U.S. Air ForceDe Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle flying platform, designed to carry one soldier to reconnaissance missions (1954). Photo: U.S. Army/army.archSnecma Flying Coleoptere (C-450), a French experimental, annular wing aeroplane, propulsed by a turbo-reactor, able to take off and land vertically (1958). Photo: Keystone/Getty ImagesAvro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar, a VTOL disk-shaped aircraft developed as part of a secret U.S. military project (1959) Photo: William "Bill" Zuk/Wikimedia CommonsHL-10, one of five aircraft built in the Lifting Body Research Program of NASA (1966 - 1970). Photo: NASA/DFRCDornier Do 31, a West German experimental VTOL tactical support transport aircraft (1967). Photo: amphalonAlexander Lippisch's Aerodyne, a wingless experimental aircraft. The propulsion was generated by two co-axial shrouded propellers (1968). Photo: Flying Magazine, Apr 1960Hyper III, a full scale lifting body remotely piloted vehicle, built at the NASA Flight Research Center in 1969. Photo: NASA/DFRCBartini Beriev VVA-14, a Soviet vertical take-off amphibious aircraft (1970s) Photo: Alex Beltyukov/Wikimedia CommonsAmes-Dryden (AD)-1 Oblique Wing, a research aircraft designed to investigate the concept of a pivoting wing (1979 - 1982). Photo: NASA/DFRCB377PG - NASA's Super Guppy Turbine cargo plane, first flew in its outsized form in 1980. Photo: NASA/DFRCX-29 forward swept wing jet plane, flown by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, as a technology demonstrator (1984 - 1992). Photo: NASA/DFRCX-36 Tailless Fighter Agility Research Aircraft, a subscale prototype jet built by McDonnell Douglas for NASA (1996 - 1997). Photo: NASA/DFRCBeriev Be-200 Seaplane, a Russian multipurpose amphibious aircraft (1998). Photo: amphalonProteus, a tandem-wing, twin-engine research aircraft, built by Scaled Composites in 1998. Photo: NASA/DFRCWhat is your favourite weird aircraft? Show us!