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Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?

Sat Apr 20, 2002 4:14 pm

S**t!!


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What on earth is THAT??!!
 
lmml 14/32
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RE: Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?

Sat Apr 20, 2002 4:38 pm

Whatever it is seems like it's an amphibian.
 
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RE: Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?

Sat Apr 20, 2002 4:38 pm

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.
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RE: Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?

Sat Apr 20, 2002 4:40 pm

This was discussed about 2 months ago.. but can't remember any keywords.. sorry!
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RE: Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?

Sat Apr 20, 2002 5:05 pm

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.

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RE: Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?

Sat Apr 20, 2002 5:21 pm

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

Its actually an AIRPLANE with its wings missing.

A Beriev VVA-14 seaplane.

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RE: Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?

Sat Apr 20, 2002 5:37 pm

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
 
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RE: Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?

Sat Apr 20, 2002 5:40 pm

oops...screwed my last post. The VVA-14 was a prototype of a VTOL amphibian built somewhere in the 70's....sorry
 
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RE: Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 8:23 am

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
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RE: Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 8:34 am

 
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RE: Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 8:55 am

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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RE: Look At This A/c! Can Anyone Tell Me What It Is?

Sun Apr 21, 2002 9:27 am

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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