Biggest Aircraft Fails Of All Time
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Biggest Aircraft Fails Of All Time
by Spacey
Biggest Aircraft Fails Of All Time
When you think of aviation, you think of the pioneering successes mankind has achieved in this area over the last 120 years. However, there are also many projects that failed miserably despite careful planning. Either the projects were too ambitious, the clients changed their minds, or the companies simply ran out of money. Here are my top 3 plane flops in history.

The Fairchild Dornier 728

A bulk order from Lufthansa means something. Normally this requires solid technology and excellent performance. You might think such a project can only be a success, but that was not the case in 2002. It is about the Fairchild Dornier 728, which left the factory for the first time on March 21, 2002 without any cause for concern. Everything was ready for the first flight and everybody felt confident. But this plane never made its maiden flight. The company had to file for insolvency in the same year. There were plans to rescue the company through a Chinese investor, but nothing came of it. The only model of this series produced was finally bought by the German Aerospace Center from the insolvency estate to use it for cabin testing

Yakovlev Yak-1000

For high-speed research, Yakovlev developed the Yakovlev 1000, which looked more like a manned missile than an airplane. The engine to be used was an AL-5 turbojet, which had to be replaced by an RD-500 due to delays. The machine had a small delta wing and was completed in February 1957. However, the subsequent rolling tests showed that the control surfaces were far too small. During a test, the Jak-1000 even came off the runway. For safety reasons, no flight tests were carried out. The project was discontinued in 1957.

Vought XF5U

The nickname "The Flying Pancake" alone reveals a lot about the success of the XF5U. In the early 1940s, the US Navy was looking for a fighter plane that could take off and land on extremely short runways. Vought responded with a design that was characterized by an almost circular wing. For experimental purposes, the company built the V-173, which was also tested in flight. Good things were done to build the bigger and heavier XF5U. However, delays and cost overruns clouded the mood of the US Navy, which tended to rely on jets after the war. The testing of the XF5U could not improve it because the ground runs were characterized by vibration and transmission problems. During the taxiing tests, the curious hunter did some small hops, but he didn't really fly. Therefore, the US Navy discontinued the program in March 1947. The prototype was later destroyed with the help of a wrecking ball.

If you are interested in this topic I recommend further reading on wonderfulengineering.comThey published a very interesting and in-depth article about the 10 worst aircrafts of all time.

aircraft, history, flying