What are the most weird-looking airplanes that ever flew?
Men have been exploring the skies for far longer than most of us realize. In fact, the first known record of personal flight was the English Benedictine monk, Eilmer of Malmesbury, who somehow got the crazy idea to jump off the tower at Malmesbury Abbey with wings strapped to his arms and legs. He traveled for more than a “furlong” (roughly 200 meters) but turbulent winds brought him down hard, breaking both legs and leaving him lame for the rest of his life. Though the exact time of his flight is unknown, it is generally placed sometime in the early 11th century AD. Fast forward a millenium, and these days, a plane is said to land somewhere in the world every 3 seconds.