marchie
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What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:44 pm

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!

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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:00 pm

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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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:03 pm

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


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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:15 pm

Thanks guys! It's appreciated.
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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:22 pm

One more.
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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:24 pm

Wow. How do you say "bad ass" in Russian? The U.S Coast Guard should build a few of these.
 
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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:30 pm

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!
 
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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:40 pm

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.
 
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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:44 pm

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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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:46 pm

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  
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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:46 pm

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
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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:56 pm

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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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:58 pm

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).

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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:59 pm

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.
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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:03 pm

Should have added, this probably should get moved to Mil-Av/Space if we're going to discuss further, unless solely about ekranoplane technology.
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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:14 pm

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.


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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:20 pm

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 13):
Oh, but it did, and it was fast !


Stand corrected. Thank you.
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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:22 pm

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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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:18 am

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.
 
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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:26 pm

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RE: What Is This Russian Beast?

Sun Feb 06, 2011 10:20 pm

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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