Hah!I personally like the Grumman Duck. It looks like it was intended to do a job, and does it.
The Royal Navy's AEW version of the AD-1 Skyraider was almost as ugly. Rumour has it that radars were later installed to Shackeltons.You got a point.
I think it is pregnant with possibilities.
Skyraider APS-20 radars were later installed in Gannets and Shackeltons.
Savoia S.55 - I think it's more cool than ugly. You could tweak the engine cowling and struts to improve appearance, I suppose...Whats the Italian twin hulled flying boat that flew across the Atlantic with Balbo? (Think thats his name but Italian interwar aviation is not my thing) cant ever decide if its really cool looking or terrible.
Whats the Italian twin hulled flying boat that flew across the Atlantic with Balbo? (Think thats his name but Italian interwar aviation is not my thing) cant ever decide if its really cool looking or terrible.
OTL dH Comet was a pretty airplane and the first jet to enter airline service. I suffered fatigue cracking problems around window frames because the first design was modified to square corners and they learned the hard way about fatigue on pressurized cabins. Remember that Comet was also one of the first passenger airliners with pressurization and they flew much higher (greater pressure differential) than piston-pounding predecessors.
I'd go along with this. To be truly ugly, the plane has to look like it's been beaten with the ugly stick and have serious issues that affect its usefulness.Cueing off some of the form-follows-function in our ugly/beautiful design discussions; Giuseppi Bellanca's early designs were often kinda angular, ungainly looking craft. However, by all accounts I've read, they were brick-outhouse sturdy and efficient performers. Beauty in action, rather than on the tarmac.