Wildly designed planes we can only dream of flying on

2017-05-01 14:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni


Cape Town - Lets face it, there have been some pretty amazing aircraft innovations, with everything from engines, wings and fuselage being given a creative overhaul in the last decade alone.

But over and above the innovation, there are many wild designs ranging from flying saucers to planes that take-off vertically - with some even looking like actual human behinds - this is not a joke, who can forget the mighty Airlander?

SEE: Bums away! Giant Airlander airship gets go ahead to fly again

And no matter how or where they land, it's pretty obvious that with just sheer creativity, humankind can turn any impossible thing into some weird and wonderful state of the art creation.

As to whether we'll actually get to travel in them? Well, because... time travel. Also, you need to be super rich in order to do so in some instances.

Take a look at these 10.

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Airbus A300 - 600ST

Dubbed as the Bulega, this Airbus A300 -600ST has been around for more than 20 years and is used to transport bulky items that wont fit in a standard cargo.

Antonov An-225 mriya

A strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Antonov Design Bureau in the Ukrainian SSR within the Soviet Union during the 1980s. Powered by six turbofan engines, it is the longest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service.

Airlander 10

A hybrid of the blimp, helicopter and plane, it can stay aloft for days at a time and has been nicknamed the 'flying bum' because of its bulbous front end.

SEE: WATCH: Bum-shaped, world's 'largest aircraft' finally takes off

Aero spacelines

Aero Spacelines is an American aircraft manufacturer which made a name for itself by converting Boeing 377 Stratocruisers into the famous Guppy line of airplanes. It was re-engineered solely for transporting oversized cargo such as space exploration vehicles.


Boeing's very own Bulega version, made its maiden in 2006. It is used to carry Boeing's assembly parts from suppliers around the world.

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Scaled Composites White Knight Two

Developed by Scaled Composite in 2007, this jet-powered cargo aircraft is used to lift the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft to release altitude.

Vought V-173

Also known as the "flying pancake" was an American experimental test aircraft built as part of the Vought XF5U "Flying Flapjack" United States Navy fighter aircraft program during World War II. Now can be found Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas

Grumman X 29

Another American experimental aircraft that tested a forward-swept wing, canard control surfaces and other novel aircraft technologies.


The only aircraft that was built for both aircraft and an associated flight test program between 1979 and 1982 at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, it could pivoted obliquely from zero to 60 degrees during flight. This now turned art piece can be found at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California

Boeing 787 Dreamliners - Business Jet

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Well the requirement to board this one-of-a-kind dream jet it simple, you've got to be filthy rich or a sorted with a trust fund - whatever the case is, be loaded is the prerequisite.