The SNECMA Coléoptère was a VTO aircraft developed by the French in the 1950s. It was a single-person aircraft with an annular wing designed to land vertically, therefore requiring no runway and very little space to take-off. There were several prototypes developed and tested, however the design proved to be very unstable and flying it was dangerous.
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A #classic #1930s design, the Beech Staggerwing was actually meant for the travelling executive but could hold its own in a #race
The Boeing P-26 Peashooter first flew on March 20, 1932. The P-26 marked a turning point in military aircraft design by introducing the concept of the high-performance, all-metal monoplane fighter design that would become standard during World War II.