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CCCP-19172 Yes, that's an aircraft. Anti-submarine ground-effect hydroplane designed in 1972. This monster looks horrible even with wings and without - like now - it is total 'nightmare'. But it is rather interesting and cognitive. And good confirmation of true phrase - ugly airplanes don't fly.
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A visitor from - posted Thu February 18, 2016:
Very interesting! It looks like something out of Star Wars or something.

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 5, 2014:
" ugly airplanes don't fly." What explains the A380? Seriously, it's a great photo as it's rare and interesting. This prompts some research on my part to get the full history on this thing.

A visitor from - posted Fri October 18, 2013:
Great Photo. However, I wouldn't call it ugly. It should be described more as homely than ugly. :-)

A visitor from - posted Fri May 3, 2013:
From this angle it looks like something out of Star Wars.

A visitor from Mauritius posted Mon October 15, 2012:
Looks like a transformer -- very cool! - Paulo M

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Sun February 19, 2012:
This shot shows how scary this plane looks in this condition. When flyable it looks more like a science fiction transport, e.g. harvester transporter from Dune 2 PC game.
The most interesting fact is that the chief designer Bartini was an italian who moved to Soviet Union, but his ideas were too bold (VVA-14 is a good example), and almost none of his projects seen serial production.

A visitor from United States posted Wed February 15, 2012:
Funny looking plane but great shot! Here is another view of this same aircraft. It looks funny!

A visitor from - posted Sun January 22, 2012:
I give it a 5 star because, because I have seen many unusual aircraft. Have not seen one like this. Does not look like it can even fly!

A visitor from - posted Wed December 21, 2011:
Transformer!?!? haahah

A visitor from United States posted Wed August 10, 2011:
I have seen old photos and videos of this beast with its engines and wings attached, and I feel it didn't look ugly. Unique or weird looking maybe, but definitely not ugly

A visitor from - posted Fri June 24, 2011:
It´s hard to imagine this plane flying

A visitor from - posted Mon June 20, 2011:
This is cool plane !!! this is prototype !! this is "hover plane" have a 14 engines and constructed(in 1962) to explore the arctic scope.... his name(in russia) ZMEY GORINICH.....

A visitor from United States posted Mon June 13, 2011:
Very neat!

A visitor from United States posted Sat December 25, 2010:
If I was the designer, I would erase any mention of my name in the logs.

A visitor from - posted Sat November 6, 2010:
Yes they do. The A380 flies doesn't it? Although I do agree that this is certainly one ugly aircraft.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat September 25, 2010:
The plane looks like it should be in star wars

A visitor from - posted Wed August 11, 2010:
Kind power! Nice!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed April 14, 2010:

A visitor from - posted Sat March 27, 2010:
Is this a aircraft or flying snowcraft?

A visitor from Portugal posted Tue February 23, 2010:
Excellent photograph of what at least I think is a gorgeous looking aircraft, very sleek, interesting arrangement of the cockpit windows, even the hulls look quite nice. And as other folks have said, if ugly planes don't fly, what about the A380 or say the Storch?

A visitor from Korea, Republic Of posted Mon February 8, 2010:
Hey? Isn't that the WIG from MGS3? Big Boss(Naked Snake) & EVA escaped from CCCP with that!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat January 23, 2010:
Well. ugly airplanes does fly.
the fokker 50.
but the only reason it can fly is because it is so ugly that the earth repels it. ;)

A visitor from - posted Sun January 17, 2010:
Darth Vader quickly evacuated this aircraft after he was defeated. haha.

A visitor from - posted Thu January 7, 2010:
It's for sale?

A visitor from United States posted Mon November 23, 2009:
Wow gotta love that Russian creativity. How'd you manage to come across one of these..these chunks of metal?

A visitor from - posted Fri November 20, 2009:
Nice Beast!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat November 7, 2009:
So interesting

A visitor from - posted Thu October 29, 2009:
Looks like a robot from transformer

A visitor from - posted Sun October 4, 2009:
Very freakin' cool!

A visitor from - posted Thu September 10, 2009:
It's scaring me. :O

A visitor from - posted Sat August 29, 2009:
Great Capture. However, I would politely disagree to "Ugly airplanes don't fly" notion. Look at the A380, it's flying!.....lol

A visitor from United States posted Sat July 4, 2009:
Good photo. Must be the world's ugliest airplane!

A visitor from Portugal posted Thu June 11, 2009:
It looks like a star wars space ship. ugly though

A visitor from Norway posted Sat April 4, 2009:
Awesome photo.

A visitor from France posted Sat February 21, 2009:
A gigantic aircraft from the powerful Soviet era...

A visitor from United States posted Thu February 19, 2009:
Very interesting ground effect aircraft, I would Love to see this thing in the air!

A visitor from Brazil posted Mon December 15, 2008:
Lol very strange aircraft

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon December 15, 2008:
"Up periscope! Oh my lord what the hell is that coming up our after end? DIVE DIVE DIVE!"

A visitor from Netherlands posted Tue December 2, 2008:
Transformers re-lived!!

A visitor from United States posted Sun November 16, 2008:
What in the world? great shot though.

A visitor from France posted Sun August 3, 2008:
Did this inspire Lucas for his TIE bonbers?
I'd love to see one "flying" over the see. Seems it won't never ever happen though.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue July 22, 2008:
Pretty interesting thing. Is it supposed to run on water? That's what it looks like to me

A visitor from Poland posted Tue July 22, 2008:
Very strange plane! It did fly though: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6Fb8bWhCKw

A visitor from Netherlands posted Sat June 14, 2008:
Five stars from me! I think this is the M-wing from Star Wars...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon April 7, 2008:
Looks like something outta star wars!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon March 3, 2008:
I tried to look for the "airplane", but i'm still thinking of seeing an submarine.
great picture

A visitor from Russian Federation posted Sat December 22, 2007:
I like this photo, it's really interesting!

A visitor from United States posted Sun December 9, 2007:
Never seen this thing at such close range. Excellent photo.

A visitor from Mexico posted Tue December 4, 2007:
I think its really nice

A visitor from France posted Mon November 12, 2007:
Amazing UFO ! The ground effect products very strange things..

A visitor from Mexico posted Tue May 22, 2007:
What you see here is only the airplane main body, the engines, wings and tail are missing. This is one of three prototypes build to destroy the US Polaris missile submarines, The Bartini Project scheme start in 1959, first take-off 1972, Bartini project died in 1974.

A visitor from United States posted Mon April 23, 2007:
Ugly Airplanes really don't fly, but this thing looks like something out of independence day

A visitor from Germany posted Mon February 12, 2007:
I think beauty is in the eyes of beholder. This plane may look like a monster for some but also a serene beauty for others. The author should never underestimate anything ...

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue November 21, 2006:
Good shot, more of this plane can be found on airliners.net. SO sad to see it in this state.

A visitor from Australia posted Mon November 13, 2006:
Okay... so that isn't the nicest looking plane- but the way you did the shot with the snow was great! I'd love to see it fly!! :)

A visitor from Antigua And Barbuda posted Sat November 11, 2006:
A very unique addition to your photo portfolio! I would gladly pay to see this aircraft in flight!

A visitor from Serbia And Montenegro posted Mon September 18, 2006:
A true Mech-warrior! :)

A visitor from Norway posted Thu August 17, 2006:
Some kind of monster ...

A visitor from United States posted Tue July 11, 2006:
That was supposed to fly?!

A visitor from Peru posted Sat July 8, 2006:
I think s beutiful

A visitor from India posted Mon March 13, 2006:
Straight out of star wars...

A visitor from United States posted Sun March 12, 2006:
That thing looks like something out of Starwars!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Wed November 9, 2005:
Ugly?Hmm,don't know.
Even the ugliest airplanes have their own kind of beauty.

A visitor from Iceland posted Thu October 27, 2005:
Nice picture but this is propably the uglyist thing I have ever seen and I'm not only talking about airplains.

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