Unique and Unusual Aircraft: ME-163 Comet & Goodyear Inflatoplane

News 4 This Morning is taking a look at some of the most unusual aircraft from the past century.

Developed by Nazi Germany late during the second world war, the Me-163 is to this day, the only rocket-powered aircraft to make it out of the testing phase. In 1944, it set a speed record of 700 miles per hour. Although it did have some success in missions, the aircraft only had enough fuel for a few minutes of flight, and landing of the unique aircraft was extremely tricky. A couple of surviving Me-163s can be found in museums in Ohio and Washington D.C.

Goodyear is known for its blimps, which to this day, provide aerial views of major events. In the 1950s Goodyear went to the skies in a different way with the Inflatoplane. The all-rubber aircraft could be stored in a vehicle and inflated with less pressure than needed in a common car tire. A dozen were built, but in the end, it didn't catch on as the army said they couldn't figure out a use for an aircraft that could be taken out with even a primitive projectile.


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