Unrealized Projects

How Russians tried to sell a flying saucer | EKIP Part 2

Failing to find funding for their crazy project at home, the makers of the EKIP turned to the West. Will Americans buy the Russian flying saucer?...


Secret story of EKIP, the Soviet flying saucer | Part 1

A breakthrough idea, a case of suppressed technology, or just a baseless legend? This is the beginning of the story of the EKIP - Russia's flying saucer....


From MiG-19 with lift fans to J-18: China’s VTOL fighter jet problem

For decades now, China tried to acquire aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Should we expect a Chinese jump jet soon?...


Spaceport, airliner, Putin’s plane: past ideas for second An-225 Mriya

Antonov An-225 Mriya, the world's largest cargo plane, has an unfinished sister with a surprisingly long and twisted story....


MiG-41: what it was and what it wasn’t | Part 1

MiG-41 is the upcoming Russian 6th generation fighter jet. Or is it? Let’s dive into the story of interceptors Russia was trying to build for half a century....


Flying wings: airliners of future that never comes | Part 2: Golden Age

For almost a century flying wing design signified the future of airliners. What does it mean for modern project of this kind?...


Flying wings: airliners of future that never comes | Part 1: Renaissance

With new futuristic designs presented by major manufacturers, flying wing airliners seem just around the corner. But wasn’t it so for decades?...


MIGBUS: Airbus’ crazy spacecoaster idea | Best of 2020

Space tourism is great, but wildly expensive. Airbus had an idea to make it cheaper with Migbus: a passenger capsule on the MiG-31 fighter jet....


Tupolev Tu-404: the biggest airliner ever designed | Best of 2020

Imagine the biggest passenger aircraft you can. Airbus A380, right? Now triple its size, add Aeroflot livery, and there you have it: Tupolev Tu-404....


Passenger fighter jets: craziest airliners to never fly | Best of 2020

Turning fighter jets into airliners seems crazy. Yet, it was tried many times, with manufacturers striving to put passenger cabins into military planes....