Aviation Photo #0788490 Beriev Bartini VVA 14 - Russia - Air Force

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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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    Beriev Bartini VVA 14
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    February 26, 2005
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Comments (64)

Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice picture but this is propably the uglyist thing I have ever seen and I'm not only talking about airplains.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ugly?Hmm,don't know.
Even the ugliest airplanes have their own kind of beauty.
Anonymous
10 years ago
That thing looks like something out of Starwars!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Straight out of star wars...
Anonymous
10 years ago
I think s beutiful
Anonymous
10 years ago
That was supposed to fly?!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Some kind of monster ...
Anonymous
10 years ago
A true Mech-warrior! :)
Anonymous
10 years ago
A very unique addition to your photo portfolio! I would gladly pay to see this aircraft in flight!
Anonymous
10 years ago
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!! :)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Good shot, more of this plane can be found on airliners.net. SO sad to see it in this state.
Anonymous
9 years ago
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 ...
Anonymous
9 years ago
Ugly Airplanes really don't fly, but this thing looks like something out of independence day
Anonymous
9 years ago
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.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Amazing UFO ! The ground effect products very strange things..
Anonymous
8 years ago
I think its really nice
Anonymous
8 years ago
Never seen this thing at such close range. Excellent photo.
Anonymous
8 years ago
I like this photo, it's really interesting!
Anonymous
8 years ago
I tried to look for the "airplane", but i'm still thinking of seeing an submarine.
great picture
Anonymous
8 years ago
Looks like something outta star wars!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Five stars from me! I think this is the M-wing from Star Wars...
Anonymous
8 years ago
Very strange plane! It did fly though: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6Fb8bWhCKw
Anonymous
8 years ago
Pretty interesting thing. Is it supposed to run on water? That's what it looks like to me
Anonymous
8 years ago
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.
Anonymous
8 years ago
What in the world? great shot though.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Transformers re-lived!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
"Up periscope! Oh my lord what the hell is that coming up our after end? DIVE DIVE DIVE!"
Anonymous
7 years ago
Lol very strange aircraft
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very interesting ground effect aircraft, I would Love to see this thing in the air!
Anonymous
7 years ago
A gigantic aircraft from the powerful Soviet era...
Anonymous
7 years ago
Awesome photo.
Anonymous
7 years ago
It looks like a star wars space ship. ugly though
Anonymous
7 years ago
Good photo. Must be the world's ugliest airplane!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Great Capture. However, I would politely disagree to "Ugly airplanes don't fly" notion. Look at the A380, it's flying!.....lol
Anonymous
7 years ago
It's scaring me. :O
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very freakin' cool!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Looks like a robot from transformer
Anonymous
7 years ago
So interesting
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nice Beast!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Wow gotta love that Russian creativity. How'd you manage to come across one of these..these chunks of metal?
Anonymous
6 years ago
It's for sale?
Anonymous
6 years ago
Darth Vader quickly evacuated this aircraft after he was defeated. haha.
Anonymous
6 years ago
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. ;)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Hey? Isn't that the WIG from MGS3? Big Boss(Naked Snake) & EVA escaped from CCCP with that!
Anonymous
6 years ago
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?
Anonymous
6 years ago
Is this a aircraft or flying snowcraft?
Anonymous
6 years ago
Great
Anonymous
6 years ago
Kind power! Nice!
Anonymous
6 years ago
The plane looks like it should be in star wars
Anonymous
6 years ago
Yes they do. The A380 flies doesn't it? Although I do agree that this is certainly one ugly aircraft.
Anonymous
5 years ago
If I was the designer, I would erase any mention of my name in the logs.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Very neat!
Anonymous
5 years ago
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.....
Anonymous
5 years ago
It´s hard to imagine this plane flying
Anonymous
5 years ago
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
Anonymous
4 years ago
Transformer!?!? haahah
Anonymous
4 years ago
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!
Anonymous
4 years ago
Funny looking plane but great shot! Here is another view of this same aircraft. It looks funny!
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Russia---Air/Beriev-Bartini-VVA/2053771/&sid=65d9671e3009e5c93ccf50d056441cde
Anonymous
4 years ago
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.
http://www.airwar.ru/image/idop/xplane/vva14/vva14-3.jpg
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.
Anonymous
4 years ago
Looks like a transformer -- very cool! - Paulo M
Anonymous
3 years ago
From this angle it looks like something out of Star Wars.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Great Photo. However, I wouldn't call it ugly. It should be described more as homely than ugly. :-)
Anonymous
2 years ago
" 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.
Anonymous
9 months ago
Very interesting! It looks like something out of Star Wars or something.

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