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What Is This Russian Beast?  
User currently offlinemarchie From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2010, 21 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 9027 times:

I stumbled across these lovely but slightly scary looking pictures of a Russian beast via ffffound.com
( a creative/photographic/design resource and trend tool). Can anyone shed some light on what this baby is and, is she technically an aircraft or an amphibious craft of some kind?

The thread of photos can be viewed at this guys blog (who I presume took the photographs):

http://igor113.livejournal.com/51213.html

She is called "Экраноплан "Лунь" проект 903"

My Russian gets me as far as ROCKET 903!

Apologies if this is uber obvious by the photos, I just felt the photos were too good not to share!

M

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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3075 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8919 times:
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Its an ekranoplan, an aircraft that flies just above the ground in ground effect.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun-class_ekranoplan

and yes, amazing pics of it!

[Edited 2011-02-05 12:01:21]


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8892 times:

In particular this Lin-Class Ekranoplan is better known as the Caspian Sea Monster:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PJX1UI4Hvy0/S9JOdUl-GcI/AAAAAAAAA2U/sa2-glHP-5w/s1600/58005.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun-class_ekranoplan


Dan  



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User currently offlinemarchie From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2010, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8822 times:

Thanks guys! It's appreciated.
M


User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1899 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8755 times:

One more.



Andy Goetsch
User currently offlineilovepabst From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8731 times:

Wow. How do you say "bad ass" in Russian? The U.S Coast Guard should build a few of these.

User currently offlinetrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 540 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 8673 times:

What a beast! Too bad that thing will never fly/surf again. We have some students working on Wing/Ground Effect stuff, but not to that scale yet!

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25999 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8375 times:

Quoting marchie (Thread starter):
My Russian gets me as far as ROCKET 903!

Cut and paste the Russian text into the Google translation tool and you'll have all your answers.


User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3551 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8354 times:
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Quoting trigged (Reply 6):
Too bad that thing will never fly/surf again


I do not think this monster ever flew. Six missiles on top, wow wild imagination. With all this weight this plane will never lift off.
For a while it reminded me of that hotel in North Korea, huge symbol of failure and money down the drain.



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 9, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8330 times:

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 8):
I do not think this monster ever flew. Six missiles on top, wow wild imagination. With all this weight this plane will never lift off.

You might want to check that picture I posted in reply two  



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1433 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8330 times:

Quoting marchie (Thread starter):
проект 903"

My Russian gets me as far as ROCKET 903!

It ain't Rocket 903, the translation is Project 903.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVTbi8kWovI



Всяк глядит, да не всяк видит.
User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3551 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8252 times:
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Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 9):
You might want to check that picture I posted in reply two


That is not the same plane whatsoever.



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User currently offlineTripleDelta From Croatia, joined Jul 2004, 1124 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8233 times:
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Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 2):
In particular this Lin-Class Ekranoplan is better known as the Caspian Sea Monster:

Actually, this is a common misconception: the machine pictured in the OP link is indeed the Alexeev 903 Lun; the "Caspian Sea Monster" on the other hand was the Alexeev KM - or more specifically the KM-08, the eighth and last of the KM series built (each machine from the series was somewhat different). By far the largest and heaviest ekranoplan ever built and operated, the KM-08 looks almost identical to the Lun at a glance, but is much larger/heavier, pointier and has two additional engines on the vertical stabilizer - as shown in PlymSpotter's and Nomadd22's photos (showing KM-04 and I believe KM-01 respectively).

Also, unlike the Lun and the A-90, the KM-08 had suffered a less elegant fate, lying now scattered across the Caspian Sea floor  (being lost in a take-off accident in 1980).

[Edited 2011-02-05 14:06:49]


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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8233 times:

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 8):
I do not think this monster ever flew. Six missiles on top, wow wild imagination. With all this weight this plane will never lift off.

Oh, but it did, and it was fast !

Lun Ekranoplan in flight over Caspian Sea, late 1970s/early 80s.


Lun was designed for a top speed of about 550 km/hr, carrying 6 SS-N-22 Sunburn anti-ship missiles. It has a range of just under 2,000 km and carried a crew of 15.



Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8196 times:

Should have added, this probably should get moved to Mil-Av/Space if we're going to discuss further, unless solely about ekranoplane technology.


Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11701 posts, RR: 60
Reply 15, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8128 times:

Quoting TripleDelta (Reply 12):
Actually, this is a common misconception: the machine pictured in the OP link is indeed the Alexeev 903 Lun; the "Caspian Sea Monster" on the other hand was the Alexeev KM - or more specifically the KM-08, the eighth and last of the KM series built (each machine from the series was somewhat different). By far the largest ekranoplan ever built and operated, the KM-08 looks almost identical to the Lun at a glance, but is much heavier, pointier and has two additional engines on the vertical stabilizer - as shown in PlymSpotter's and Nomadd22's photos (showing KM-04 and I believe KM-01 respectively).

Indeed, and it's most likely because the true 'monster' no longer exists, the Lun class has taken up it's name in common terminology.


Dan  



...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineSOBHI51 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jun 2003, 3551 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8105 times:
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Quoting connies4ever (Reply 13):
Oh, but it did, and it was fast !


Stand corrected. Thank you.



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User currently offlineTripleDelta From Croatia, joined Jul 2004, 1124 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8069 times:
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Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 15):
Indeed, and it's most likely because the true 'monster' no longer exists, the Lun class has taken up it's name in common terminology.

The surviving Lun could be turned into an amazing museum piece. Imagine it docked next to the A-90 in Moscow - it would probably take up the entire river! 

Incidentally, we also have a photo of the lone Lun in the db:

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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Elvis




No plane, no gain.
User currently offlineGolfOscarDelta From India, joined Feb 2008, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7769 times:

Quoting marchie (Thread starter):
My Russian gets me as far as ROCKET 903!

Here's the article in English

http://englishrussia.com/index.php/2010/03/12/ekranoplan/

and then some more

http://englishrussia.com/index.php/2.../09/05/ekranoplan-the-inside-view/

http://englishrussia.com/index.php/2007/06/21/ekranoplans/


User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7828 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 7699 times:

There is an ekranoplan in operation in Nizhny Novogorad, it runs up and down the Volga, it even works on ice, its very loud. The first time I saw it I thought it was a hydrofoil.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7370 times:

A thread from last year..............

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ejournal.com%2F51213.html#ID118915



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User currently offlinescrubbsywg From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (3 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7218 times:

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 8):
For a while it reminded me of that hotel in North Korea, huge symbol of failure and money down the drain.

have you looked up the hotel recently? It did sit dormant for many many years, but interestingly enough, it is now under construction again.


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