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The World's Worst Aircraft Bill Yenne

The World's Worst Aircraft - Bill Yenne

Bison Books, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

2nd printing. [First Published: 1990] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Drawings; Diagrams;

From the cover: “The subjects of this book are not the greats, nor the near greats, of aviation history, but the black sheep that have embarrassed their builders, enraged their owners and frightened their pilots. In many cases, these are aircraft that never should have been built, and which are more starkly bizarre than the most deranged flights of fantasy. Such aircraft are made ever so much worse simply by the fact that someone once actually took them seriously.

Our inclusions have been selected on the basis of their having utterly failed at their intended role, or their having been built for an utterly ill-conceived task. We have included aircraft that were designed to be overweight and underpowered despite existing aeronautical knowledge — or even despite ordinary common sense. Some of our selections were designed — by people who should have known better as being virtually impossible to get off the ground, while others herein were designed to be impossible to land!

In the pages that follow, the reader will find some of the worst and most dangerous contrivances ever perpetrated, including Count Caproni’s Transaereo, which was really nothing more than three huge triplanes nailed to a houseboat, and the Bullet of Dr. William Whitney Christmas, which was more of a murder weapon than an airplane.

World War II produced many of aviation’s greatest achievements, but also some of its worst nightmares. There was the worthless Brewster F2A Buffalo, the asymmetrical (a kinder term than “disfigured”) Blohm & Voss Bv-141. the “disposable” Bachem Ba-349 and, of course, the infamous Yokosuka MXY7, the only airplane ever designed to kill its own pilot!

It is not our intention to ridicule any planemakers except perhaps Count Caproni or Dr. Christmas — but to poke some light-hearted fun at human eccentricities and to shake an occasional finger at institutions such as General Motors for hoodwinking the U. S. Government with the XP-75. Our purpose is to tour a few of the monuments of foolishness, bad planning and bad timing and to have a little fun in so doing.”


Size: 12¼" x 9¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 159 pages.
£8.50

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