World's Ugliest Commercial Airplanes (PHOTOS)

09/19/2012 07:56 am ET

Powered flight, an enterprise so closely linked with elegance and beauty, has also spawned a few disasterously ugly airframes.

While military planes have an excuse for their utilitarian looks, civilian aircraft are, for the most part, smooth and stylish, calm in their ability to soar skyward as the engines rev up.

That is, for the most part.

In the annals of aviation, a few unfortunate designs have gone from drawing board to production, ferrying passengers around the world in the utter depths of stylishness.

The 787 these aircraft most certainly are not.

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