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Aircraft With Unusual Purposes

When you think of aircraft, you usually imagine passenger planes, private jets, or military aircraft. But what about planes that aren’t designed just to carry passengers? Planes created for specific functions like saving lives, construction, espionage, as well as those that will transform the way we travel in the future.

We’ve put together a list of eight innovative aircraft — from old models to state-of-the-art. Each was specifically designed to perform a function or solve a problem, and each one required a completely new way of thinking about aircraft design and conventional aviation standards.

Click ahead to learn about some uncommon aircraft that serve important functions.

By Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani
(Posted: Feb. 14, 2012)

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