15 Experimental Aircraft You’ve Never heard Of

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Ever since the first aircraft was built, man has been experimenting with different shapes and designs. Although we may think that we know of all the different types of aircraft that have been tried, there are still some experimental aircraft that we may not have heard of, let alone seen.

Here are 15 experimental aircraft that you probably have not heard of:

Canadair CL-84

Canadair CL-84

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Developed by the Canadians between 1957 and 1963, this VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft, although being successfully used between 1964 and 1972, never went into full production.

SNECMA Coléoptère

SNECMA Coleoptere

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This aircraft given the French name for ‘beetle’ was developed by the French company SNECMA in the 1950s. Only one of these VTOL aircraft was ever made and that crashed on its 9th flight.

Opel RAK.1

Opel RAK.1

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This was the first rocket powered aircraft purposely built and was developed in the late 1920s. It was successfully flown for 1.5kms in 75 seconds, in front of a large crowd in 1929 but landed hard rendering it incapable of making a second flight.

Bartini Beriev VVA-14

Bartini Beriev VVA-14

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This vertical take-off, amphibious aircraft was developed by Russia in the 1970s, supposedly to destroy US Polaris Missiles.

Cierva C.6

Cierva C.6

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Of the three flights this prototype autogyro aircraft made in 1924, its 3rd one was the best when it flew 7 miles. Only the front rotor was motored but as the top rotor was free spinning, the faster it went the more lift was attained but it could not hover.

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