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The Ugliest Airplane: An Appreciation

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The Transavia AirTruk ain’t pretty, but it had purpose. I think it's cool. Made an appearance in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. (www.airspacemag.com) Mehr...

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krissy2
This was my uncle - Mr. Roy Williams of Douglas Park "Wior Comden" Demonstration and test pilot for Transavia ***** of the transfield gravy of companies flew out to day on a 12, 000 mile flight to South Africa. The Plane a Transavia air truck PL12 is to be a central exhibit
bentwing60
bentwing60 6
ugly don't mean uncool! Thank you BW for the exposure to an effective flying contraption that an old contraption flyer never knew existed! And hats off to Air and Space mag., a valuable resource.

Another good read from the same source and thread,

https://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/farewell-giant-180978705/
Cleffer
Cleffer 5
I love the idea of the pilot being over the fuselage, engine, and prop. A unique view indeed!
outward
Jimmy Robinson 5
After reading the article, the design, though unconventional and rather bizarre, makes perfect sense. It was designed to do a certain task and it did it well even if it didn't succeed like it was hoped. It is a rather interesting looking airplane and I'd love to be able to see one fly. I think it would be an even better treat to be able to fly in one.
VMGR352
Robert Jennings 4
Mad Max!
Propwash122
Peter Fuller 4
Ugly perhaps, but does the job, form follows function. Another strange craft: the Edgley EA-7 Optica, designed for observation and camera work.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgley_Optica
user3956
user3956 2
That thing looks crazy, I almost screamed.

Looks like some sort of insect.
yntzrm
Michael Yentzer 5
Crop dusting usually results in a Pilot crashing several times during their careers If I not mistaken this plane was extremely crash worth while performing that job. was out west, Texas, NM, AZ NV, CO. And saw several Crop dusters doing the skill. Great mini Airshow of sorts.
kevinkeswick
Kevin Keswick 4
Ugly?

I think it might be one of the cutest airplanes ever. It looks like it came from the pages of a children's book
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
It is certainly a very unique a/c...
craiglgood
Craig Good 2
Insert "so ugly that the ground repels it" joke here.
LeanderWilliams
Leander Williams 2
When I first glanced at this plane it had the look of a crop duster. Maybe because I grew up in the agricultural capital of the world in the 50s... San Joaquin Valley, California, USA.
SteveChamberlain
We call it 'crop dusting' in Australia too

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