Challenge: name an airplane uglier than the Lloyd Luftkreuzer

The P40 was never more than barely adequate and should have been out of production by 1942. As a fighter it was never more than second rate.
 

McPherson

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The P40 was never more than barely adequate and should have been out of production by 1942. As a fighter it was never more than second rate.
The P40, to be fair, could function as an Allied version of a close air support and battlefield interdiction mission aircraft. Not as good as a Sturmovik, but very much a useful asset for what it could do at the time and place for which it was used in that role.

 
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McPherson

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Okay, I'll bite.



What genius decided it would be a good idea to pack a radar into the middle of 4 side-lobe radio noise generating contrarotating prop impromptu van de Graff generators?
 
Okay, I'll bite.
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What genius decided it would be a good idea to pack a radar into the middle of 4 side-lobe radio noise generating contrarotating prop impromptu van de Graff generators?
Well, you have to put the radar somewhere. It's a surface search radar, so it has to be underneath the fuselage. The wretched thing is a taildragger, so you need to put the radar where it'll have a decent amount of ground clearance. And you can't put it in the nose, or Berty the bomb-aimer won't be able to look out the window. Right in the middle of the EM-noise generators was about the only place it could go...

EDIT: Turns out that's probably the AEW version, so it might be an air-search radar instead. But it still needs to go underneath - after all, how could anything fly higher than this aeronautical masterpiece?
 
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McPherson

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Well, you have to put the radar somewhere. It's a surface search radar, so it has to be underneath the fuselage. The wretched thing is a taildragger, so you need to put the radar where it'll have a decent amount of ground clearance. And you can't put it in the nose, or Berty the bomb-aimer won't be able to look out the window. Right in the middle of the EM-noise generators was about the only place it could go...

EDIT: Turns out that's probably the AEW version, so it might be an air-search radar instead. But it still needs to go underneath - after all, how could anything fly higher than this aeronautical masterpiece?
You got a point.



I think it is pregnant with possibilities.

 
Blackburn Roc was the ugliest of the entire lot of useless turret fighters. It looks like a collection of airplane parts flying in loose formation with the cowling designed by one engineer, the fuselage by a second engineer, the canopy by a third engineer, etc.
Roc was also unpopular with Fleet Air Arm squadrons. One leader of a mixed Roc and Skua squadron wanted to leave his Rocs ashore because they cluttered up the flight deck!
 
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