The airplane is without a doubt one of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind. It allows us to travel from one part of the world to another part, thousands of miles away, in an incredibly safe and (usually!) comfortable manner. Think about what we’re able to do and see today in our lifetime because we’re able to fly! Ancestors of ours couldn’t visit multiple countries, try different cuisines, and see the natural wonders of the world in their lifetime, but we can do this all in the span of a few months if we really wanted to. Isn’t that crazy?

Aside from personal benefits, the airplane has allowed economies and countries to grow faster. Cargo transport, for example, is so much more efficient because people are no longer reliant on ships, which pose significantly more risk than airplanes, not to mention they take much longer in transit. The world feels more connected than ever before!

When thinking about the history of the airplane, most of us know that the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, invented the basis of the modern-day airplane back in 1903. But did you know their work was actually inspired by another innovator’s (George Cayley) work from 1799? Plenty of people have tried their luck at designing and creating their version of an airplane. While we’re thankful for their efforts, some planes are honestly better off remaining on the ground and never seeing the light of day.

Take a look at some of the airplanes that should have never been built!