|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]
No plane, no gain.