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Vought V-173 replica at Futuroscope. Futuroscope (opened 1987) is a science and technology theme park in Poitiers, France. The Vought V-173 'Flying Pancake' aircraft was designed by Charles H. Zimmerman. It was a US experimental test aircraft built in 1942 for the US Navy. The semi-circular all-wing design and low-aspect ratio offered better drag resistance at the wing tips compared to conventional aircraft with propeller engines mounted mid-wing. The compact design made it structurally strong, highly manoeuvrable and capable of very slow speeds. Despite nearly 190 test flights, the V-173 project ended in 1947. Photographed in 2012.
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