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Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?  
User currently offlineAir Taiwan From Australia, joined Dec 1999, 1518 posts, RR: 4
Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3037 times:

S**t!!


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What on earth is THAT??!!


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User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

Whatever it is seems like it's an amphibian.

User currently offlineDoug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3424 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

i believe the soviets and eastern block did a lot of experimetns with flying boats that would cruise in ground effect. they were almost all butt ugly, so this may be one such design.


When in doubt, one B pump off
User currently offlineTG992 From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 2910 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

This was discussed about 2 months ago.. but can't remember any keywords.. sorry!


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User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

It's a wing ship...... a russian Ekronoplan. Designed to fly in ground effect about 20 -30m above the water. They were very fast, very efficient and capable of lifting immense loads.

JET


User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

After consulting with my sources..... I need to post a retraction.

Its actually an AIRPLANE with its wings missing.

A Beriev VVA-14 seaplane.

JET


User currently offlineLZ-TLT From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2903 times:

OK....here we go:

This are the remains of a seaplane, Jetpilot is right on this. It was constructed by the Bartini design bureau in the 30's and one of the first constructions done by the (by then young) and talented seaplane designer G. Beriev. Actually, he "grew up" in the Bartini design bureau. More info on the plane is to be found in Boris Shavrov's (EXCELLENT) book "History of the airplane constructions in the USSR before 1938"

By the way, Beriev's design bureau is still alive doing a good business with their seaplanes. Actually, I believe it is the only company in the world which designs and produces large seaplanes.

Check out www.beriev.com for more


User currently offlineLZ-TLT From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

oops...screwed my last post. The VVA-14 was a prototype of a VTOL amphibian built somewhere in the 70's....sorry

User currently offlineHigh_flyr69 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

i know of course without a doubt that that plane or whatever it is is damn ugly i think you will find better looking things going down your s bend


Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice Doggy' until you find the shot gun
User currently offlineAerosol From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 559 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2756 times:

http://hep2.physics.arizona.edu/~savin/ram/indexq.html
some more pics of that beauty


User currently offlineBsergonomics From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2740 times:

This really is something special - I want one! Yes, it's a bit different, but I reckon it's one of the greatest looking planes ever built!

The only real issue is that it seems to have a fixed propellor slung underneath, i.e., one for moving water, not air. The Ekronoplans are an incredible invention which were also tested for limited land use, i.e., you didn't have to park them next to a quay or beach them - you could actually take them a short way over land (it did scrape on the ground, though). I want one of those, too!



The definition of a 'Pessimist': an Optimist with experience...
User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1995 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

After clicking on several links, I found
http://www.se-technology.com/wig/
and was surprised to see how many such ground-effect hydroplanes exist(ed). Such ingenuity is the hallmark of Russian and Ukranian (former USSR) aviation design. I look forward to hearing about new CIS designs in the future.



The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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