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In the 1930's and 1940's Germans were doing much technological research. Messerschmitt came up with the Me-600. This was a propeller airplane with the main wing in a disc shape. It had a tail with elevators and a vertical stabilizer. It seems this idea wouldn't go away. I did find some evidence that Russians have built small aircraft similar to the Me-600.
Ok, let's get back to baking. Instead of a flying cake pan, this next one was named after America's favorite breakfast. The V-173 Flying Pancake had two very large props which gave lots of power to the craft and solved the problem of airflow circulating around the sides of the wing form the bottom to the top and reducing lift. It demonstrated near vertical lift. The large propellers design showed merit enough to make its way into the tilt-rotor design.
bomber size aircraft with round wings. Some people have claimed to have seen them. Some computer generated pictures have been made of them. They look pretty cool. A round wing with a nice curve to it seems sexy. So these things supposed to have been responsible for UFO sightings in the continental Unites States.
There is a guy that came up with a unique design for an aircraft. The main wing and the elevators were merged into a round shape. It was an idea that seemed similar to some earlier designs, yet it had its own characteristics. He had it put through a wind tunnel and made an RC model of it. The design seemed airworthy. He was going to market it. I'm not finding any reference to it on the web. I did see an interview with the guy and a reporter. He came up with the idea around the 1990's. So people are still thinking about round wings even today.
So I detailed some designs of round wing aircraft. Sure, you can call them flying saucers. I like my saucers to hold my tea cup, and not fly me around. Its a design that somehow entered our psyche and it won't go away. Design ideas tend to feed on themselves. New people pick up the idea and try to run with it. They tend to have limited success until someone makes a breakthrough. Makes you wonder if we own ideas or do ideas own us.