GERMAN TAIL-FIRST PLANE FLIES ACROSS CHANNEL (Feb, 1932)

This was the Focke Wulf  F-19 and yes, the “backwards tail” is called a canard.  It wound up in a museum and was destroyed in an Allied air raid.

GERMAN TAIL-FIRST PLANE FLIES ACROSS CHANNEL

Germany’s tail-first plane, which appears to be flying backward, soared across the Channel to visit Britain in one of its first trial flights of any length. The triangular control surface at the upper right of the photograph above is the forward end of the strange-appearing craft when it is in flight.

2 comments
  1. Chris Radcliff says: July 26, 201210:18 am

    Two thoughts come to mind:

    1. This headline would have been terrifying a decade later.
    2. Is the “triangular control surface” an example of a canard? If so, the configuration reminds me of a Beechcraft Starship. https://en.wikipedia.or…

  2. Hirudinea says: July 26, 20121:28 pm

    That’s not a Canard, that’s an Oie!

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