In the early days of manned flight, people generally had no clue what they were doing. If two wings could make the contraption fly, more wings must make it soar, right? Our friends at Oobject have assembled 15 of the most grandiose, excessive and redundant aeroplane wing designs of all time.
1896 Chanute-Avery Multiple-Wing Gliding Machine, Katydid
1904 Horatio Phillips Multiplane
His first manned machine, the 1904 multiplane had 21 wings and looked the most conventional of the three machines he created.
1907 Flying Machine, Horatio Phillips
The last of three flying machines built by Phillips, the result is more like a wooden framed building than an aircraft, yet Phillips was the first person to truly understand that science of flight.
1908 Roshon Multiplane
1908, Marquis D'equevilly Multiplane
1909 Dufaux Tiltrotor
1910 Smith Multiplane
1910 Jacobs Multiplane
1910 Zerbe Multiplane
1911 Gibson Multiplane
1914 Howard Huntington Multiplane
1919 Zerbe Air Sedan
1920 Johns Multiplane
1921 Caproni Ca.60 Flying Boat
1923 Human Powered Gerhardt Cycleplane
The first human powered aircraft.