LZ-TLT From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 431 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1641 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.
Bsergonomics From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 462 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1478 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!
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Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1895 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1450 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