The aerospace industry soared over the last century. aircraft made traveling across the world a reasonable reality. In 2016, U.S. airlines nearly eclipsed $660 billion in revenue passenger miles. As far as transportation goes, air travel is the king of convenience. Convenience is in high demand, so it’s no surprise there’s money in the aerospace industry. Money that many sought and still seek to get their hands on.
Whether the motivation is economic in nature, for a functional purpose, or in the pursuit of glory, humanity has manufactured countless creative aircraft. We’ve compiled a list some of the world’s most ambitious aircraft. They may shock you. Are these planes mechanical masterpieces or duds? You decide.