I noticed this book on the bargain shelf of Barnes and Nobel and picked it up--I haven't been able to put it down since. It's a terrific romp through 150 of the worst aircraft designs in history, but what it really is a catalog of all-too-common engineering errors, such as:
- Solutions looking for problems (such as jetpacks and the Hillar hovering sniper platform)
- Engineers designing planes with no sense of what pilots wanted
- Dependencies on exotic fuels that aren't available
- The "Gillette problem" of adding more wings than the last guy, including some crazy 8-wing things
- Delivering so late that the need is gone.