Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Fighting Pterodactyl

Keeping with yesterday's post about the brand-spankin'-new Pterosaur.net, here's a bit of pterosaurian trivia.

Meet the Pterodactyl fighter plane.
This blurb comes from the November 1934 issue of Popular Science. From what I've been able to find, there were several experimental flying-wing aircraft in the Pterodactyl series, developed by Westland Aircraft. None of them went into production, though it appears that the mystery engineer cited above thought that they could be of use in battle. I'm guessing he thought wrong?

The Pterodactyl shared page 22 with another doomed idea: the piece next to this one details a plan to pave the streets of Minneapolis with triangular cast iron tiles - though this may have been an elaborate plan to fry an edible egg on a hot day. Zing!

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