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Old 23rd Mar 2022, 15:12
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Originally Posted by Jhieminga View Post
I read an article a long, long time ago that explained the thought process that led Burt Rutan to come up with this configuration. I think it started with a generic Beechcraft Baron and then discussed the different issues inherent in that design (or any typical light twin) and how the Boomerang configuration solved that. I wish I could find that article.
It's a page on the Rutan Boomerang website:
rutanboomerang.com and click 'Design' -- I can't post links as a new user.

Definitely quite interesting. I'd think the Boomerang is the most unique civilian light aircraft at least.

re. the pedantry -- every plane is unique in some way -- "only 737 to be completed at 2:14pm on a Tuesday". A plane can be more or less unique depending on the significance of the categories it's unique in.

Surely the Caproni Ca. 60 has to be the most unique, just look at the thing...

A related question might be the most useful/significant one-of-a-kind plane, perhaps the late An-225?
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Old 23rd Mar 2022, 15:28
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
Then there was the CMC Leopard lightweight bizjet. 2 built with twin jet engines and designed to carry a pilot and 3 passengers. Prototype first flew in 1988 followed by the second with more powerful engines in early 1997.Project cancelled on the death of the designer, Ian Chichester Miles, in 2009.
I think one of the Leopards is in the museum at Coventry Airport?
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Old 23rd Mar 2022, 15:30
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
I flew the prototype at Farnborough with Angus McVitie; landed it too!!
Angus McVitie - there's a name you don't forget easily!
I did a week's course at Cranfield in the mid-80's as part of my degree, and I'm sure Angus flew the Jetstream sorties that were part of the course.
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Old 23rd Mar 2022, 15:32
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Originally Posted by meleagertoo View Post
What really is unique here is the hilarious misuse of the simple word "unique".
Hardly a unique misuse! :-D
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Old 23rd Mar 2022, 17:02
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Originally Posted by Shackman View Post
Surely there is only one 'unique' aircraft - The Wright Flyer. Everything else is a descendant.
<pedantically pedantic>

That would be "powered aircraft"

</pedantically pedantic>
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Old 23rd Mar 2022, 17:13
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I42 beat me to the Wendover, so ladies and gentlemen I give you The Hillson FH.40 ..... AKA The Slip Wing Hurricane



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Old 23rd Mar 2022, 18:21
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips View Post
The Westland Wendover would appear to meet the criteria....never heard of it until fairly recently, so looked it up. ...of the first two words that sprung to mind, only me can be repeated.
I knew of the aircraft but I'd never heard that name for it.

How about the Percival P.74 helicopter? The only helicopter Percival built, and it refused point-blank to even lift off the ground, let alone fly.
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Old 23rd Mar 2022, 19:39
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I give you The Hillson FH.40 ..... AKA The Slip Wing Hurricane
which leads to that Russian one that could fly as either a monoplane OR a Biplane
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Old 23rd Mar 2022, 23:15
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Originally Posted by Sue VÍtements View Post
which leads to that Russian one that could fly as either a monoplane OR a Biplane
The Bowers Fly Baby? Ski...?
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Old 23rd Mar 2022, 23:48
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Originally Posted by DHfan View Post
I knew of the aircraft but I'd never heard that name for it.

How about the Percival P.74 helicopter? The only helicopter Percival built, and it refused point-blank to even lift off the ground, let alone fly.
Machines that didnít fly are called a ďtryĒ
And they are not very unique.
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Old 24th Mar 2022, 08:39
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IIRC we never figured out what this was in "What aeroplane " so pretty unique!​​​​​​​


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Old 24th Mar 2022, 08:42
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Originally Posted by Asturias56 View Post
IIRC we never figured out what this was in "What aeroplane " so pretty unique!
Ah, yes, that one has been haunting me ever since. Very annoying.
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Old 24th Mar 2022, 10:14
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If I may follow the somewhat broader definition, Henri Mignet's Flying Flea is certainly some kind of unique - at least in concept and design; probably some other variation of unique in its flying characteristics. I knew a bloke once who had one. He claimed it was OK so long as you understood it (whatever that meant - he didn't expand and I didn't ask). Quite sad that he died (reportedly of a heart attack) whilst enjoying one of his local flying outings in the aircraft. I guess that's sort of unique too - in the saddest sense.
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Old 24th Mar 2022, 12:41
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Old 24th Mar 2022, 18:14
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Originally Posted by Asturias56 View Post
IIRC we never figured out what this was in "What aeroplane " so pretty unique!
​​​​​​​Looks like an upscaled Cri-Cri.
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Old 24th Mar 2022, 18:46
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Originally Posted by Self loading bear View Post
Machines that didn’t fly are called a “try”
And they are not very unique.
Sorry to come back to this but they are either unique or they are not....To me the Percival P 74 helicopter was unique whether it flew or not..... One designed, one built. To me that makes it unique.
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Old 24th Mar 2022, 19:11
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The Slingsby V-Liner would have been a serious contender!
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Old 24th Mar 2022, 19:26
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the XF-85 Goblin

Fairly unique that it was launched from another aircraft, but then again so were Bell XB1 and the X15 ... but ... the Goblin had the distinction of also "landing" on another aircraft!
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Old 24th Mar 2022, 19:47
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I presume the Brittany Ferries Cri Cri never attempted to land back on its Broussard mothership? I would certainly assume too great a risk.
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Old 24th Mar 2022, 19:55
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Originally Posted by Asturias56 View Post
IIRC we never figured out what this was in "What aeroplane " so pretty unique!
​​​​​​​The Diamond DA-22 prototype.
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