Thursday, 1 April 2010

want!


"This type of vehicle called in Russian ekranoplan uses so called ground effect - extra lift of large wings when in proximity to the surface. For this reason they have been designed to travel at a maximum of three meters above the sea [...] It is also interesting to note that this aircraft is one of the largest ever built, with a length of 73,8 meters (comparing with 73 of Airbus A380)."

more info here. don't miss page 3 of pictures....

http://englishrussia.com/index.php/2010/03/12/ekranoplan/

thanks Felix!

2 comments:

  1. Oh yes, these are awesome, no question. When the Americans picked them up on spy satellites, and discovered what was apparently a 500-ton plane travelling across the Caspian at 300mph, they named it the Caspian Sea Monster. Ground effect allows you to haul far more cargo at speed, because you don't have to bring it up to massive heights, and so apparently Boeing have developed plans for one that can move (for example) 17 US main battle tanks at once, across oceans, with a range large enough to fly from the US to most other oceanic parts of the globe.

    Still doesn't help them get them up mountains in Afghanistan, though.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09/22/caspian_sea_monster/

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  2. "Boeing have developed plans for one that can move (for example) 17 US main battle tanks at once"

    Yay, it's called the Pelican, I believe:

    http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Boeing+Pelican

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