5 Bizarre Aircraft That Pushed the Boundaries of Engineering

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    You might think most planes look the same, but here are five of the most bizarre aircraft that, no matter their appearance, still managed to fly.
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    Sources:
    SR-71:
    www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/news/features/history/blackbird.html
    www.businessinsider.com/retired-sr-71-pilot-describes-what-its-like-to-fly-the-blackbird-2018-8
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    www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/news/FactSheets/FS-030-DFRC.html
    Grumman X-29:
    www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/news/FactSheets/FS-008-DFRC.html
    books.google.com/books?id=YeQDAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA75&dq=X-29&pg=PA75#v=onepage&q&f=false
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    Aero Spacelines 377PG:
    www.tested.com/science/space/533738-nasas-super-guppyawkward-old-and-irreplaceable/
    www.allaboutguppys.com/pg/377pgf.htm
    www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/big-idea-485704/
    www.airliners.net/aircraft-data/airbus-a300-600st-super-transporter/19
    North American X-15:
    www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/news/FactSheets/FS-052-DFRC.html
    airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/north-american-x-15
    usfilms.net/v-video-mX8CkyDzPN0.html
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    www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/X-15/EC05-0177-33.html
    Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey:
    science.howstuffworks.com/osprey1.htm
    www.airforce-technology.com/projects/osprey/
    www.military.com/equipment/mv-22-osprey
    www.boeing.com/defense/v-22-osprey/
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    Images:
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    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lockheed_SR-71A_3view.svg
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    usfilms.net/v-video-v-8MVnPHzio.html
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pregnant_Guppy_NASA.jpg
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pan_Am_Stratocruiser_San_Francisco.jpg
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SaturnSIV.jpg
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Super_Guppy_N941_NASA_landing_(crop).jpg
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AirExpo_2014_-_Beluga_02_(cropped).jpg
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:F-GSTB_-_2_Airbus_A.300B4-608ST_Beluga_Airbus_(8634655670).jpg
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:North_American_X-15.jpg
    www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/images/342156main_E62-7893_full.jpg
    www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/X-15/E-4935.html
    www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/X-15/E-4942.html
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NorthAmericanX-15600.jpeg
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pilot_Neil_Armstrong_with_X-15_-1_(9458061153).jpg
    www.istockphoto.com/photo/boeing-bell-v-22-osprey-gm951315838-259692732
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Aircraft.osprey.678pix.jpg
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:V22-Osprey.jpg
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CV-22_Osprey_flies_over_the_Emerald_Coast.JPG
    www.videoblocks.com/video/mv-22-osprey-functional-check-flight-hblaqkp
    www.flickr.com/photos/navalsurfaceforces/19756574056/in/photolist-ASnirc-bHBWc4-pF7q2u-hgszrJ-hdsqYR-h67PcD-hgsymh-w6PBab
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:V-22_Osprey_wing_rotated.jpg

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Month ago
DasBouss
DasBouss

Wierdest helicopter episode?

Month ago
Em Tee
Em Tee

We know already, brilliant is so cool that I didn't need it to understand common sense. It may be able to help with my grammatical shortcomings however. The metal plates would not grow into each other. The plates would expand so much, they would make contact with each other. Probably stressing fasteners and causing some turbulence within the airflow. Which is a recipe for disaster. Thanks for your editing.

Month ago
Arshad Qureshi
Arshad Qureshi

I wish I had the money for that.

Month ago
Evgeny Forshter
Evgeny Forshter

Thease are the great planes, but there are many more to mention. Sad you focus only on plane built in US and after WW2. I believe some of early airplanes were not less chalenge to built then SR71.

Day ago
Jimmy ButtWhiff
Jimmy ButtWhiff

Yeah, Olivia is definitely pregnant.

3 days ago
7burnitdown
7burnitdown

lol nice nipple piercings

5 days ago
Devantejah
Devantejah

Aircraft with folding wings sounds a bit older than the Osprey.

6 days ago
Gio Laz
Gio Laz

definitely fixed your fluctuations in pitch,. and gained some lovely weight! you look so adorable now i wanna marry you

9 days ago
ZanesFacebook
ZanesFacebook

Dang she got fat

9 days ago
infinitecanadian
infinitecanadian

How come they are using metric? Doesn't the U.S.A. use the Imperial system?

11 days ago
Valentín Rodríguez
Valentín Rodríguez

I don`t know where into the screen to watch while you read everything for me... bad english yay

11 days ago
WeBeGood
WeBeGood

Wrong, the Space Shuttle is the fastest Manned Aircraft.

12 days ago
Max Byrd
Max Byrd

Why do some prop planes have 2 blades instead of 3 or 4?

17 days ago
Cassie Pena
Cassie Pena

This video is awesome! The pacing was perfect and tone of presentation personable. Good job you guys! Usually I watch your videos at partial speed.

18 days ago
Skandranon Banefire
Skandranon Banefire

If you want bizzare, look no further than the Vought V-173. Also known as the flying flapjack. The body and the wing are melded in a strange way that makes the entire aircraft the lifting body. It actually flew too.

20 days ago
Free intertainment
Free intertainment

Well im surprised to see that people find her attractive not trying to be hurtful but for me personally I think she's so unattractive it's hard to watch the videos then I read comments that say she's even hotter now and think that is great.

21 day ago
Dhindara Vrel
Dhindara Vrel

And the challenge for the future is cutting down on aircraft use for frivolous purposes.

27 days ago
Martin Araka
Martin Araka

Congrats Olivia!

29 days ago
This Guy
This Guy

RIP to the SR-71. It is the greatest plane to ever enter the air.

Month ago
Tessa T
Tessa T

We saw the Super Guppy out at the Pima Air and Space Museum at Davis-Monmouth Airforce Base out in Tucson, AZ a couple of years ago. It was impressive!

Month ago
Daniel Kron
Daniel Kron

5 bizarre american aircrafts...

Month ago
Tony Perri
Tony Perri

Haven't been here in a while and it's weird seeing you without your glasses O_O Also, how you gonna talk about "bizarre aircraft that pushed the boundaries of engineering" without mentioning "The Useless Diamond," AKA the F-117 Nighthawk???

Month ago
kravenofspider
kravenofspider

Blackbird yes. Osprey hell no.

Month ago
Milan Mesa
Milan Mesa

Are you pregnant?

Month ago
Andrew5086
Andrew5086

So.. "5 Bizarre Aircraft That Pushed the Boundaries of Engineering... In the United States" Yeah, there are just as weird or weirder aircraft around the world. Like the Kalinin K-7, that had the wing span of a B-52 bomber... back in 1930's.

Month ago
David Morris
David Morris

Olivia, you get hotter every time i see you

Month ago
Spookay T'is Me
Spookay T'is Me

That's wrong, the X-15 was UNABLE to take off from a runway, it had nothing to do with fuel wastage. The fact it used a scramjet engine meant it had to be going at a certain speed before being able to engage. I'm disappointed, Scishow.

Month ago
ZandarKoad
ZandarKoad

Wait, "loosely put together"? Does she mean the SR71 that had deliberate gaps that would close when at speed due to heat expansion? That's not "loosely put together."

Month ago
TerLoki
TerLoki

Interesting that the Osprey is on here for its wing-folding rather than, y'know, being a tilt-rotor. Lots of aircraft, especially military aircraft designed to fly off of aircraft carriers, have wings that fold to one degree or another. Whether it's the A6M Zero's folding wingtips, or the the F4F Wildcat's wings that twisted up flat against the fuselage. Heck, the German Bf-109 was designed so that the wings could simply be removed for repairs or entirely swapped out on the ground.

Month ago
chaosjacky
chaosjacky

I think the frequency of her voice is horrible it makes my (good quality) headphones sound horrible

Month ago
Peter Carey
Peter Carey

Really cool aircraft, clear presentation with a charming energy to it, I hope the presenter's throat clears up.

Month ago
justin fwibber
justin fwibber

Okay so why is the Osprey not the conventional design for commercial aircraft? That seems to make so much more logical sense.

Month ago
BPLink
BPLink

"Your extraction will be by v22" "I'll walk, thanks"

Month ago
JD
JD

I don't get it, how can you see the Sun rise in the west? Please elaborate!

Month ago
Hazel Hill
Hazel Hill

The beluga looked like it was birthing those little cockpits

Month ago
kenanthenanex
kenanthenanex

She pregnant

Month ago
SLAV
SLAV

Somebody got swole like Kylo Ren

Month ago
Micah Snyder
Micah Snyder

What about the Hughes H-4 Hercules aka the "Dutch Goose"?

Month ago
Ed Price
Ed Price

Off to a bad start. At 01:15, the "fastest piloted plane" is not the SR-71; the predecessor A-12 was slightly faster. However, the X-15 certainly was "piloted" and in 1967, it set an altitude record of 354,000 feet and a speed record of 4,520 MPH (Mach 6.7).

Month ago
monks9098
monks9098

I've seen the SR-71 in person at the Smithsonian, beautiful aircraft.

Month ago
fourafternoon
fourafternoon

I loathe her speech patterns and drop at the end of her sentences. I love the SR-71 so much i made an essay/ report about it in 1998-99... for school... so I didn't hit the thumbs down so lightly... bad just bad cadence etc etc etc

Month ago
shadowpod13
shadowpod13

Looks at the Blackbird. "So that's where they go the idea for the Nubian royal starship from Starwars Episode 1."

Month ago
Helgali
Helgali

Just imagine the US thinking they made the first self-propelling true airplane. Tsc tsc tsc..

Month ago
Frogman Smith
Frogman Smith

There's a smaller "Guppy" in a museum on the Oregon coast. As a disabled veteran I visited it and took my service dog, a 100 lb. Irish Setter. I let him run around in it and he had a blast. His barking was SO loud. I can imagine what he'd do in the large one!

Month ago
Chris's Tech Box
Chris's Tech Box

hmm was it really "special titanium alloy" not just titanium, as that's pretty special to build an aircraft out of anyhow?

Month ago
b1uezer
b1uezer

Olivia narrating is such a delight!

Month ago
Marrick Tryathia
Marrick Tryathia

I hate these types of shows where the person speaking knows nothing about what they are saying. They are just reading a script. The x-15 isn't considered an airplane because it was powered by rockets instead of a jet or propeller. It definitely generated lift.

Month ago
TheArchaeologist
TheArchaeologist

What? No Spruce Goose?

Month ago
Bollocks O'Plenty
Bollocks O'Plenty

What an awful voice.

Month ago
Jerry Lavender
Jerry Lavender

You forgot this one. The Acronoplane. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZt4JbwUEyU

Month ago
Henry Lahman
Henry Lahman

No ekrano plane?

Month ago
Ebert Ruykens
Ebert Ruykens

Please stay articulating till the end of your sentence. Liked the video!

Month ago
Patrick Earl Magat
Patrick Earl Magat

Then the X-15 is the modern Japanese Ohka ( just without bomb)

Month ago
taylor
taylor

i miss her glasses

Month ago
DiscoPuppy
DiscoPuppy

The person hosting/narrating this segment has terrible vocal frey. Makes it very difficult to listen to.

Month ago
Suminternetboi Plays
Suminternetboi Plays

*cough* hawker harrier *cough*

Month ago
Dorian Grey
Dorian Grey

Grumman not Grooman

Month ago
Mr_ 1ders
Mr_ 1ders

Thanks to the editors for including the amazing zingers from Olivia in this episode. Much nerd attitude, such deadpan smirking delivery. I presume they were ad-libs, and maybe she was just having an especially snarky day, but in any case, more please! :)

Month ago
KyunChan93
KyunChan93

Every watch an Osprey fly? Freakin weird and awesome at the same time

Month ago
Ed Wehby
Ed Wehby

Her voice makes it sound like she's talking about a masacour not planes

Month ago
Maxwell Rice
Maxwell Rice

Oh man she looks weird without glasses. I don't think she's worn contacts in any other episode? her eyes look small and squinty now after those giant glasses.

Month ago
dvangel
dvangel

Disappointed that you are perpetuating the SR-71 fuel myth. The fuel wasn't leaky because of expanding airframe. Please correct.

Month ago
Brandon Fontana
Brandon Fontana

Not one to comment much, but jesus a tiny bit of make-up can go a long way...like not looking like a sleep deprived zombie...

Month ago
BlackEpyon
BlackEpyon

Why the Pregant Guppy? Because NASA was conceived as a "jobs program," which means that you need to hire as many people as far across the country as possible. With NASA/JPL assets in almost every state, it would be too big for Congress to ever shut down, and provided contingency in case a facility were ever attacked or sabotaged by the Soviets. What's this to do with the plane? Because rather than manufacturing the rockets in a single facility as SpaceX does, right from the early 1960's when NASA was founded, NASA/JPL's hardware were and still are constructed in pieces, by multiple manufacturers, all over the country. This makes the organization rather inefficient, which is why SpaceX and other private companies can launch their rockets for so much cheaper as measured by price per pound/kg of payload (not to mention that they were built upon the backs of NASA's achievements). Consolidating NASA into a single large facility would save money in the long run (not so much for having to build a new facility). But before people start complaining about how much NASA gets from the federal budget, take a look at how much the DoD gets, and you'll see where the REAL pork spending lies. Calling it a "Military Industrial Complex" is no exaggeration. The sad irony is that many of those military aerospace contractors (Lockheed Martian, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, etc.) are the ones who built and still build parts for NASA, and even JPL itself was an Air Force research branch before it got integrated into the newly minted NASA.

Month ago
Meg Ashley
Meg Ashley

Air friction did not heat up the SR-71, air *compression* did. This is a misunderstanding I see a lot online, and has come up before in scishow videos too. When the air goes through the shockwave produced by the aircraft it becomes compressed and increases in temperature. This hot air next to the skin of the aircraft heats the vehicle. Technically there is some heating from friction, but it is a small drop in the bucket compared to the heating from the compression of the air.

Month ago
Carson Vogt
Carson Vogt

It'd have been nice if you'd introduced "forward sweep" rather than going on about backwards wings...

Month ago
Lucas Ament
Lucas Ament

She looks like she put a pillow in her shirt

Month ago
Fightre Flighte
Fightre Flighte

Okay, I have to add here... I might be a bit biased, but the blackbird is not actually obsolete. With only 5 SR-71s, you could take a picture of anywhere in the world, have it developed, and have that information to the front lines (during the bird's time, if ai have my numbers right) in under four hours. With tech worse than our current-day stuff. The problem with satellites is that, no matter how high-tech the vessel, you have to wait for the orbit trajectory to semi-match the target before you can snap a picture. That forces you to have to wait 4 hours to get the picture, then a few more hours to get the photographs developed, examined, and information shipped to who needs it. Sometimes making the information outdated by days, by the time it gets where it needs to be. And that's only one aspect.

Month ago
Fightre Flighte
Fightre Flighte

For those worried, the SR-71 wouldn't takeoff with more than 3 drips of fuel a minute, or so.

Month ago
Kevin coronel
Kevin coronel

I know ill get down voted but that downward affliction punctuating every sentence is pretty annoying. I like her, she seems sweet and her voice isn't monotonous but ahh pick it up a bit.

Month ago
Buddy Clem
Buddy Clem

I was more bothered by her overuse of upspeak, so common in the younger generation. At least the video was short enough that my enjoyment was still greater than my annoyance. I'm sure I will get similar critiques on my new channels.

Month ago
Mrsir Madison
Mrsir Madison

Lockmeat Martin

Month ago
Unchainedmaple888
Unchainedmaple888

v o c a l f r y

Month ago
GoodISnipr
GoodISnipr

If 10,000 feet is high enough to not allow a human to breathe ambient air to survive, how do turbine engines work above 30,000 feet?

Month ago
darth geekboy
darth geekboy

you FORGOT the AD-1 Oblique wing aircraft. SR-71 is not a bizarre looking plane. great plane.

Month ago
Ken Tran
Ken Tran

You can’t talk about aircraft that are bizarre or pushed engineering boundaries without talking about the Blohm & Voss BV 141.

Month ago
Jeffrey craig
Jeffrey craig

Nice voice but misleading ontro

Month ago
vineet kapshikar
vineet kapshikar

Guppy is cute. My favourite is Antonov 225

Month ago
vineet kapshikar
vineet kapshikar

Northern American X15 - Momma, i want to fly... Momma - No.....

Month ago
Sgt. SLaughter
Sgt. SLaughter

Smexy!

Month ago
ariaskydragon
ariaskydragon

You forgot one detail about the building of blackbird. During the Cold War, when blackbird was made, titanium was mainly mined from Russia. The CIA bought metal from their enemy.

Month ago
John Robson
John Robson

Planes (SR-71) don't heat up due friction, it is due to air compressing in front of the plane. As air compresses, it heats up.

Month ago
Sean Eik
Sean Eik

Olivia is glowing today!

Month ago
Ben Claassen
Ben Claassen

hahaha "hints of disaster" for the x-29, so true

Month ago
Blue Sap
Blue Sap

Gosh darn it I knew these all D:

Month ago
AubriGryphon
AubriGryphon

Of course, the X-15 wasn't a piloted aircraft or anything.

Month ago
ClockzTickin
ClockzTickin

Quite pretty

Month ago
Trixie Lulamoon
Trixie Lulamoon

can you do one of these types of videos for trains? That would be pretty cool

Month ago
H.S. Darke
H.S. Darke

Thank god NASA solved all of the issues with the SR71 and went to 17,000 mph into orbit.

Month ago
RayDT
RayDT

There were three variants in the SR-71 family of planes: the single-seat A-12 built for the CIA, the YF-12 interceptor prototype, and the two-seat SR-71. The A-12, being a single-seater, was somewhat lighter, and therefore faster and higher-flying, than its SR-71 sibling.

Month ago
gsantee
gsantee

Groo-man...?

Month ago
DeaconTaylor
DeaconTaylor

so that's where the x-men's blackbird came from.

Month ago
MeoWffle CAT
MeoWffle CAT

urmagahd wat is goin on wit her eye brows!?!?!

Month ago
Mozoto
Mozoto

Who flies A2A pregnant guppy ? :)

Month ago
justandy333
justandy333

The V22 aka the 'widowmaker'. Groundbreaking for the wrong reasons :(

Month ago
Gwyllym Suter
Gwyllym Suter

They are not weird or unusual really. The video was an Americo-centric "look how smart we are!!" truthfully there are a lot weirder aircraft in the world

Month ago
zekrom jr
zekrom jr

No SU-47 Berkut?

Month ago
Pyroguyman096
Pyroguyman096

Dont forget that the Corsair's wings could fold for storage on flight decks. Also, the Blackbird is and will always be #1

Month ago
William Cox
William Cox

For unusual, there's little to match the annular wing: https://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2518.htm

Month ago
Dimitra Kambouris De Hoog
Dimitra Kambouris De Hoog

congrats Olivia

Month ago
iwanabana
iwanabana

Seriously, SciShow writers, linking and transitional phrases like "next up on our list", "next thing we have", "from one thing to the next" etc. is so, SOOO helpful structurally for people who listen without necessarily watching the video i.e. seeing the number change. Speech writing 101!

Month ago
Victoria Lynn Struble
Victoria Lynn Struble

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Month ago
TheMr77469
TheMr77469

Neat airplane designs! Interesting and nice that Olivia is expecting. Me, I'd want to see an expecting Britt Garner.(host of Sci Show Psych)

Month ago

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