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It was so structurally sound it took a wrecking ball to destroy it.

A-20A Havoc bomber of US 58th Bomb Squadron flying over Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii, 29 May 1941.

[Photo] A-20A Havoc bomber of US 58th Bomb Squadron flying over Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii, 29 May 1941

BS over Oahu The Douglas Havoc was an American attack, light bomber, intruder and night fighter aircraft of World War II.

Douglas XTB2D Skypirate Ordered to replace the aging Devastator, the Skypirate was a dedicated torpedo bomber designed to operate off Midway and Essex class aircraft carriers. With the conclusion of...

flytofight: “ Douglas Skypirate Ordered to replace the aging Devastator, the Skypirate was a dedicated torpedo bomber designed to operate off Midway and Essex class aircraft carriers.

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10 Most Bizarre World War II Aircraft Most Folks Have Never Seen

Some Of These Concepts Were Good, They Just Didn't Look It Air combat during…

25 Bizarre Aircraft That Don't Look Like They Should Fly

25 Bizarre Aircraft That Don't Look Like They Should Fly

MCDONNELL GOBLIN A tiny, prototype jet fighter designed in This little guy was actually supposed to be launched from the bomb bay of much larger bombing aircraft.

Tomashevich LShBD Pegas  Designed to replace Po-2 and built as ground attack aircraft. Several (most probably 5) prototypes finished. Started as biplane, finished as monoplane. Armament from 1 x 12.7mm to 2 x 23 mm cannons + 500kg of bombs. Wasn't really great, project scrapped.

The Tomashevich Pegas; there was also a biplane version (no pics available) with a jettisonable upper wing. Seems reliable to me.

Alexandre Goupil's Machine Volante, designed in 1883/4 as a glider but planned for a steam engine, as built by Glenn Curtiss in 1916 (he was involved in a patent fight with the Wright brothers and wanted to prove that Goupil and others had already built machines that flew with a control system similar to the one the Wrights had patented.)

Alexandre Goupil's Machine Volante, designed in 1883/4 as a glider but planned for a steam engine, as built by Glenn Curtiss in 1916 (he was involved in a patent fight with the Wright brothers and wanted to prove that Goupil and others had already built machines that flew with a control system similar to the one the Wrights had patented.)

This is #675 when it was at Edwards for glide flights in 1952. On the left is Bill Smith, electrician and on the right is another electrician, Howard Bradt. Skip Ziegler has his hand on the skids linkage.

This is when it was at Edwards for glide flights in On the left is Bill Smith, electrician and on the right is another electrician, Howard Bradt. Skip Ziegler has his hand on the skids linkage.

The Belyayev DB-LK. This one was actually a good idea - appearances notwithstanding. The project was cancelled due to the turmoil caused by the German invasion in 1941.

The Belyayev DB-LK. This one was actually a good idea - appearances notwithstanding. The project was cancelled due to the turmoil caused by the German invasion in

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A Bell (s/n fitted with ski photographed at Wright Field, Ohio, in October 1945 Photo : Bill Larkins Collection

1947 Douglas Skystreak

Navy Skystreak (supersonic plane) being inspected at Douglas Aircraft plant Los Angeles, California. Date Photographed: 01 January (via)

Experimental Douglas bomber, with two contra-rotating push propellers plus auxiliary turbojets. Two prototypes built. The XB-42A, seen here, made 22 test flights, then got damaged in a landing accident and never flew again. It's waiting restoration in the USAF Museum in Dayton.

Experimental Douglas bomber, with two contra-rotating push propellers plus auxiliary turbojets. Two prototypes built. The XB-42A, seen here, made 22 test flights, then got damaged in a landing accident and never flew again. It's waiting restoration in the USAF Museum in Dayton.

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