Aircraft - Most Popular All-Time : Crosby CR-3 - this airplane was designed, built, and raced by Harry Crosby who drew his inspiration from watching flying fish while on a sea voyage. It's hard to see that in this pic but after this airplane was destroyed in a crash, he designed its successor, the CR-4 which is now on display at the EAA Airventure Museum in Oshkosh Wisconsin and there is certainly a resemblance to a flying fish. The CR-3 was finished in 1936 and was written off later that same year. Crosby was a test pilot for Northrop Aviation in WWII, testing, among other things, some of their early flying wings - the predecessors of today's B-2 stealth bomber. He was killed after bailing out of a flying wing which had gotten into a spin from which he couldn't recover. The spinning aircraft hit him as he hung beneath his open parachute. Very few pictures of the
CR-3 are out there. The CR-4 was found in a barn in the 1980s, restored, and donated to the Experimental Aircraft Association. It's a beautiful machine.