The author himself sometimes can't seem to make up his mind whether an airplane is bad or actually, perhaps, pretty good. The inclusion of the Blohm & Voss BV 141 exemplifies this ambivalence. The 141 was a single-engine reconnaissance and ground-attack airplane that the company submitted to a 1937 competition it had not been invited to join; it lost out to a Focke-Wulf proposal. Asymmetrical, with an off-center uninhabited fuselage, a big glass-enclosed pod to the right of it housing the crew of three, and a horizontal stabilizer that projected only to the left of the fin to give the gunner a clearer field of fire, it was certainly a daring design. The author makes a comedy of it, with the obtuse Germans refusing to "appropriate a single pfenning" (meaning Pfennig) for its production, and the British clutching their sides with laughter. Actually, this was not the most unconventional design to be considered by the Luftwaffe, whose appetite for innovation far exceeded that of any Allied air arm, and the reasons for the 141's rejection, in spite of its pleasant flying qualities, good performance and the patronage of World War I ace and Luftwaffe bigwig Ernst Udet, probably had relatively little to do with its peculiar appearance. The author calls the 141, which he admits was reliable and "remarkably aerodynamic," "the most asymmetrical airplane ever flown," evidently forgetting the even more extreme Rutan Boomerang.