Aviation Photo #1229031 Alekseyev A-90 Orlyonok - Russia - Navy

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Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW! Is it a plane? Nice, a unique shot in a.net!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I thought it was a boat
Anonymous
10 years ago
An extraordinary photo although it is heartbreaking to see the A-90 in such disrepair. More information on the location of the photo would be appreciated.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great one. Never seen like this one before. But, what is that thing?
Anonymous
10 years ago
No, it's not a plane, it's a ground-effect vehicle.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This must be one of a kind plane... A propeller in the back and what are those two huge holes under the cockpit window? Jet engine intakes?... Crazy design!
Anonymous
10 years ago
A very rare shot!!! great! A ground-effect vehicle isn't a common see! this is the first picture of such a vehicle I see
Anonymous
10 years ago
That's Moscow city, Tushino district, 10 minutes from my house. There is a museum in the sub, I suppose they will probably make the A-90 open to the public, too.
Anonymous
10 years ago
To visitor from US: yes there are two jet engines in the nose of this monster
Anonymous
10 years ago
What a rare sight...does this thing fly anymore?...it's a cross between a flying boat and a ACV/landing craft...it's technically the largest fixed wing aircraft to fly...what a monster!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Unfortunately, ekranoplans don't fly anymore, since fall 1993, due to funding after the Soviet Union collapse and by lack of interest by the Navy.
I believe this Orlyonok # 26, last surviving of 3 machines which entered official service end of 70s / early 80s - was demoed to a delegation of US DoD in the early 90s.
I had the chance to visit the Alekseyev Design Bureau in Nizhni-Novgorod in 96, where I could see the Spasatel in the assembly hall and a Volga-2 running on the Volga river.
Keep in mind those machines are huge. The Orlyonok is as big as an Airbus 310. I hope it will be overhauled for display and I hope as well that the missile cruiser Lun' still in Kaspiysk will have the same fate.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It could be great to see more pics & other kinds of ekranoplanes on this site ...
They are amazing machines !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow rare picture
Anonymous
10 years ago
Five stars!!
first time I see a photo of it here, I got a model of it. it used to have a counter-rotating-prop on the tail-stabiliser. in the front are two huge jet enines mounted. all three engines are used to accelerate and lift the Orlyonok. liftet once the jet engines are shut down and the intakes are closed AFAIK. then it stays in ground effect only by the props. flying in 10ft/3m alt at a 500km/h or even faster, if I´m not mistaken, and saves an enormous amount of fuel. it´s also able to climb to higher altitudes like a usual plane, but that takes much more power. it also have small wheels to land on a beach or smth prepared near the water. due to the ground effekt itt´s even able to fly over flat land.
EDBM/Germany
Anonymous
10 years ago
Truly A 5Star category post! iam amazed the way russian built there planes, especially ampnibians like this Orlyonok or beriev. gr8 pics
Anonymous
10 years ago
I have never seen an airplane design like this... would be interested to see one in flight!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Amazing, just amazing, an original ekranoplane, it just fly a few feet over the water, incredible sigth of a master piece of aircraft history.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Simply an astonishing and very ingenious aircraft design. I would love to see one flying!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Yes! An Ekranoplan! These machines are straight out of a sci-fi book....Unbelievable. I would love to see a picture of similar quality of the Lun Ekranoplan. Thanks to Russian inventors for thinking outside the box. 5 stars.
Anonymous
9 years ago
I would have loved to see one of these skimming madly over the black sea... i couldnt resist building a model of it... -josh
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great shot!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Just ignore its cockpit and it will look like a smiling raccoon.
Anonymous
9 years ago
It is called the "orlionok" it's an ekranoplane
Anonymous
9 years ago
Good shot , wow that looks so communist .
Anonymous
8 years ago
Is that the "Caspian Sea Monster?"
Anonymous
8 years ago
This airplane is very halpfull for navy.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Looks like oversized nostrils on this plane!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Breath taking photo!
Very nice
Anonymous
8 years ago
Different. Very different, but an excellent picture. I've never seen an aircraft picture like this!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Hummm... the plane is ugly but the sub is amazing!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Yes, it's a famous Caspian Monster.
Anonymous
6 years ago
No, it's definitely NOT a Caspian Monster, it's one of its descendants. Checking wiki is too much?
Try this http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7638659.stm
Anonymous
6 years ago
Thanks!

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