March 15, 2018

VOTE NOW: The Uglies of March

Let’s have a little fun! Since March is the season where it seems like brackets get used to decide pretty much everything, why don’t you, the readers, help us decide which aircraft is the UGLIEST of all time? This task may not be as easy as it sounds, however.

We have compiled a list of 32 of the ugliest aircraft that the NYCAviation editorial team could find. Our field is a combination of those which we personally thought were ugly, along with some from lists published on the internet like this one from Patrick Smith. Some were ill-advised military experiments. Others were modifications of traditional aircraft into carriers for cargo that were normally too large to be carried by air. A few are military aircraft that actually made it into production somehow. And the rest just seemed to get hit by the ugly stick somewhere in the design process.

As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so don’t hate on us too bad if you feel like we added an airplane that you think is beautiful. Feel free to leave a comment below, and then head to your nearest eye doctor to get yours checked.

For the first round, we have tried to create matchups where there is at least one attribute in common between the aircraft. After that, you determine the matchups with your votes. Each round will last a few days, so you’ll have plenty of time to get your picks in. Photos of each aircraft in its first round matchup are below. Click the word “Link” in the caption to break your monitor see a larger photo. Make your selections of the ugliest aircraft in each matchup in the bracket below the photos.

Or just click here for a shortcut to the bracket.

Round 1

Airbus A380-800 vs. Breguet Deux Ponts


Airbus A340-200 vs. VFW-Fokker 614






Airbus Beluga vs. Boeing 747-400LCF Dreamlifter







Aero Spacelines Super Guppy vs. Conroy Skymonster

By NASA/Tom Tschida, Public Domain, Link

Blackburn Beverley vs. Bristol B170 Freighter

Public Domain, Link

Transavia PL12 Airtruk vs. Bennet Airtruck

By Flyernzl, Public Domain, Link

Short Brothers SC.7 Skyvan vs. Short Brothers SA.4 Sperrin

Northrop Tacit Blue vs. North American XB-70 Valkyrie

By U.S. Air Force, Public Domain, Link

By NASA, Public Domain, Link

Britten-Norman BN-2A Trilander vs. Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair

By Wdollivier, Public Domain, Link

Myasishchev VM-T vs. Antonov An-72

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk vs. PZL M-15 Belphegor

By Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon II, Public Domain, Link

By User:VargaAOwn work, GFDL, Link

McDonnell XF-85 Goblin vs. Vought V-173 Flying Pancake

Public Domain, Link

By Unknown, Public Domain, Link

Bell X-14 vs. Boeing X-32

Public Domain, Link

By USAF – http://www.edwards.af.mil, Public Domain, Link

North American P-82 Twin Mustang vs. Blohm & Voss BV-141

By United States Air Force – Dean, Jack, Public Domain, Link

By Bundesarchiv, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, Link

SNECMA Coléoptère vs. Convair XFY-1 Pogo

By US Navy, Public Domain, Link

By No information – US Navy, Public Domain, Link

Happy voting!


About the Author

Ben Granucci
Ben Granucci, Senior Editor, is an aviation enthusiast and plane spotter based in New York City. Growing up in Connecticut, he has had his eyes toward the sky for as long as he can remember. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter.



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