Lost Designs

BAC TSR2 – Northrop YF-23 – Dassault Mirage IIIV
The Curator’s Choice 62

The history of aviation is littered with aircraft designs that never made it off the drawing boards, many of them good ideas that weren’t needed or were impractical. There are also many good designs that were built but never entered production. Sometimes they didn’t live up to expectations, sometimes the role they had been designed for ceased to exist and sometimes they were not chosen for production because a competing design was chosen instead. This week I thought we’d look at three lost designs that had potential and are great looking aircraft, but which did not get beyond the prototype stage.

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