This poor photo came from an old book and I was drawn to the name, "Christmas Bullet". A little googling and a crazy story comes out.
Billed the worst airplane ever constructed, Dr, William Christmas in 1919, convinced a senator, enough people in the military and an airplane company that this was the future. The wings had no struts as the wings were intended to "flap", and had not enough strength, both prototypes killed their pilots when the wings broke off. Read the whole story here.