The Heinkel He 177 Greif became known as the "Flaming Coffin" due to the serious engine problems on initial versions of the aircraft, many of these because of the engines' installation in their wing nacelles. A long-range bomber, the He177 was wrongly designated a dive bomber to perform a milder version of the Stuka dive bombing.In common with most German bombers, the He 177 was grounded from the summer of 1944 on as Allied bombing crippled German fuel production.
07 Apr 45: "Sonderkommando Elbe" sends 180 German Bf-109s to attack Allied bombers with the intent of ramming into them, aiming for either the tail, engines or cockpit, bailing out either before or after collision. While only 15 Allied bombers are attacked in this manner, eight are successfully destroyed. Most of the German pilots died, without inflicting the harm to the relentless Allied bombing campaign that had been hoped. #WWII #History
1970 Northrop M2-F3. Aircraft have been built without tails, without engines, and without fuselages. This Northrop M2-F3 is an example of an aircraft built without wings. It was part of the American Air Force and N.A.S.A's experiments into "lifting bodies", where the lift needed to fly was provided by the aircraft's fuselage itself.