7 Fantastic Aircraft That Received Government Funding But Never Flew
Aeronautical technology has given us some fantastic designs that produced some of the most brilliant and ambitious aircraft to fly the skies. Huge government grants were responsible for some pathbreaking technology that even produced fantastic aircraft but unfortunately, there are quite a few that never saw a lift off the ground. Here are 7 fantastic aircraft that never flew and whose projects were canceled even though a prototype was developed.
7 Lockheed L-133 Starjet
Everyone knows the awesome Lockheed Starfighters, where the first American fighter jet was the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star developed in 1945. This was America’s answer to the German Messerschmitt Me-262 that appeared in 1944. However six years before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, American scientists were working on a prototype jet fighter called the Lockheed L-133 Starjet. Powered by twin Lockheed L-1000 turbojets, the aircraft was rejected by the US air force in 1944 for the simpler P-80.
6 Saunders-Roe SR.177
The ambitious invention of the British Royal Air Force, The Saunders-Roe SR-177 was a jet powered interceptor developed to counter the potential threat of Soviet Bombers. Unfortunately, the budget laid out by the new party in parliament 1957 cancelled the project to make way for the SR-53. Tragedy however struck the second prototype which crashed on its 12th test flight after an aborted takeoff. It exploded on impact killing the pilot instantly.