The Strangest Airplanes To Have Ever Been Built

Miles M.39B Libellula

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Miles Aircraft Limited developed the tandem wing M.39B Libellula. This fast British bomber flew in 1943. The Libellula design enhanced the pilot’s vision for landing on aircraft carriers. Miles Aircraft Limited developed its rear wing higher than the front wings to minimize downwash. This one manned aircraft possessed over a 37 foot wingspan, a gross weight of 2,800 lb, and twin engines. In 1944, the Libellula crashed twice. The M. 39B Libellula wasn’t the first prototype built. Unlike its predecessor, the M. 39, The Libellula demonstrated no major handling problems. Despite its improvements, the Ministry of Aircraft Production cancelled the project and dismantled the M.39 B Libellula.