WINGS AND DISCS
The saga of the Custer Channelwing is probably the most interesting of all V/STOL
aircraft. It is without doubt, the oldest ongoing saga in aviation. This is the
story of a single minded man on a single minded mission to change the path of
Giesbert Nijhuis has (attached to his home page) this site which covers attempts
to build flyable disc-form aircraft. It covers in great detail very many such
aircraft, from the legendary German discs of WW2 to the more substantial UAVs
of today, with a wealth of quality images. Giesbert adds material on the technical
aspects of the type, and even proposes designs of his own.
Flying Wings and Hover Cars
A rather brief but informative text-based page providing basic information on
a number of aircraft types - flying wings, discs etc. with some very useful links,
leading, for example, to German disc pages.
Aircraft History Site
A brief look at some of the Burnelli designs - dating from around WW2 for aircraft
somewhere between conventional layouts and the flying wing. Burnelli developed
the concept of designing the fuselage so that it would assist in lift, rather
than just providing dead weight, from as early as the 1920s.
Edwards and the Flying Wing
Don't imagine this is about the career of one person. This site gives some background
information on the flying wing configuration, and in particular a good amount
of material on the Horten flying wings developed in Germany before and during
WW2, as well as providing a series of useful links.
The K-7 was a gigantic all-metal elliptical wing of extremely thick airfoil (span
53m, area 452m2) with two triangle section tailbooms. The wing had rooms for payload
and passengers. The project was started in 1928, this amazing aircraft had 7 engines
of 750 horsepower each. It was designed as a multipurpose civil and military aircraft,
it could carry 128 passengers up to 5,000km. This was the first aircraft design
allowing mechanics in-flight access to running engines.
Invented by Jack M. Jones. Short Take Off and Landing (STOL) aircraft with eyewatering
aerobatic performance. Excellent forward visibility combined with transparent
floor panels creating a helicopter-like cockpit environment. Unique leading edge
design feature, transparent leading edges about the forward and rear wings are
illuminated with lights.
The Wing Is The Thing (TWITT)
Interesting site, includes information about Horten designs, blended wing body
designs, designs based on Birds, member's projects area, Other flying wing/tailless
designs and more. Well worth a visit.
"Ring Wing" (a sub-page of the TWITT site above, many thanks to
Bruno De Michelis for the link)
All the World's Rotorcraft
Excellent Russian site with lots of info about helicopters (in English and Russian).
Thanks to Mark Perry for this link:
Thanks to Neil Robson for these four links:
Monte-Copter 15 Triphibian
of Mystery Aircraft
Lots of interesting background information here about the various 'black' aircraft
of the CIA and USAF. Features the U2, CL-400 Suntan, SR-71/D-21, F-117A stealth
fighter and the B-2 stealth bomber.
Aircraft Resource Guide
A sub-page of the site above, has much info and many links to sites about 'black'
aircraft, Area 51, the Skunk Works and Aurora.
World of Stealth
Site devoted to stealth aircraft.
is Rocket Science
Adrian Mann's site is a fascinating mix of art and aviation technology. Adrian
is a very accomplished artist in several media, and the site displays a wide range
of his works; but he has dedicated a large part of it to his own images of "black
aircraft", accompanied by informative and interesting text, and reports from
"Controlwing" (thanks to Bruno De Michelis for the link)
Roe Flying Princess
Streaming video site by Malcolm Dent, well worth a look.
Flying Car - the Volante
As of August 2004, the Volante flying car had completed its first year of developmental
flight testing. A product of Volante Aircraft in Santa Ana, California, this flying
car design is a combination of a two-place, 150 m.p.h. aircraft and a useful,
This has got to be the definitive website about roadable aircraft, an amazing
list of flying cars.
Photographs from the Johan Visschedijk collection at 1000aircraftphotos.com website:
Model 103 (also known as Spratt-Stout Model 8 Skycar)
Skyblazer automatically converts from car mode to airplane mode and back, combining
the speed of a jet plane, with the door to door convenience of an automobile.
Moller International has developed a personal vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL)
vehicle. The M400 Skycar can cruise comfortably at 350+ MPH and achieve up to
28 miles per gallon, it has a range of 800 miles and can carry a payload of 800
pounds. Orders can be placed, be the first on your block to own one!
This is a light-hearted link. Not an aircraft, more like a rocket sled - a very
Another light-hearted link. Dick Smith is an Aussie legend, an adventurer with
a sense of humor. He tends to do things 'differently' - here he's jumping a bus
A very useful tool for finding out about modern lighter-than-air aircraft. Roland
Escher provides a list of links to various airship construction companies, either
actively building or designing airships, or which have at some time in recent
history been involved in either activity.
WORLD WAR 2 AIRCRAFT
Hurricane - Defender Of The Empire
Colin James Pratt-Hooson's site is a source of information about the Hurricane
which touches on most areas of interest to researchers, and, in the context of
'Unreal Aircraft', demonstrates the variations which may be applied to a well-known
The Fire Balloons
Amazing story about the Japanese experiments in bombing the USA by the use of
long-range 'Fire Balloons'.
Some nice shots here of the 'Spooky' gunship, including interiors and a 'Spooky'
Good site for this lesser known gunship, with albums and anecdotes, and some substantial
historical info. Includes a good amount on the AC-47 and AC-130 in addition to
WW.II Fighter Gun Debate
Emmanuel Gustin's generally fascinating site, text with some interesting photos,
a solid summary of airborne 'gunslingers'. A history of heavy
calibre guns carried on aircraft from WW.1 onwards. Another page has some
equally good material on upward-firing
aircraft guns of generally lower calibres.
A Hong Kong based manufacturer of quality model kits established in 2002. Specializing
in unusual, experimental, conceptual aircraft and spacecraft.
World's largest collection of paper models! Plans can be downloaded (for a fee)
or purchased on a CD. Mainly features aircraft but also has buildings, trains,
boats, cars and critters - even a plan of the Mars Rover (free).
History - Paper Planes and White Elephants
"During WWII, German aircraft designers put forth many aircraft project ideas,
which ranged from the practical to the bizarre. Some of these ideas were ahead
of their time and reached a more advanced design stage, and even affect aircraft
today. Within the pages of Luft '46 you will find descriptions of these aircraft
projects, illustrated with three-view drawings, model photos and custom color
Ugly Aircraft Shrine
Paul Senior's website having a light-hearted look at aviation history from an
aesthetic point of view. Lots of beaut 'uglies'!
Howard Hughes H-1
Beautiful polished-aluminium racer replica by the Wright Machine Tool Company.
Flown by Jim Wright in which he broke a World Speed Record on September 13, 2002.
Crashed on August 4, 2003 in Yellowstone National Park, Jim died maneuvering the
H-1 Racer away from people on the ground.
A quick pictorial introduction to modern US X-planes, brief text descriptions
and images, quite up to date.
If you can't get a lead on an aircraft, try this huge list of military machines
and follow up on the information in the brief entries.
Jason Eldridge's AvroLand is a site dedicated to the people and aircraft of AVRO
Canada & Orenda Engines Limited. Avro Canada was, of course, responsible for
aircraft from the Avro Arrow jet fighter and a number of orthodox and well known
designs, to some a little less conventional.
Great site featuring various collections of aircraft photos.
X PRIZE Foundation
A $10 Million prize for the private space flight that SpaceShipOne and daVinci
are racing for. Note that this site requires your browser to have the v.6 Flash
plug-in installed in order to view it.
Military Airplane Graveyards
Still Shine in Arizona Desert