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Is This A Plane Or Some Kind Of Hydrofoil?

Mon May 22, 2006 7:13 am

Hi all,

Just come across this picture:


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Is this actually a plane? Or is it some kind of Hydrofoil / Hovercraft? By the look's of it it doesn't actually have any wings!

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Simon Nicholls
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RE: Is This A Plane Or Some Kind Of Hydrofoil?

Mon May 22, 2006 7:27 am

Looks like an ekranoplan according to the remarks.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekranoplan

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RE: Is This A Plane Or Some Kind Of Hydrofoil?

Mon May 22, 2006 9:40 am

Or a more commonly-used English term is WIG, for "Wing In Ground-effect":

http://www.se-technology.com/wig/index.php

Even Boeing at one point had a conceptual design for a craft of this nature, the "Pelican":



http://foxxaero.homestead.com/indrad_043.html

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