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Discussion in 'Aircraft Pictures' started by Snautzer01, Nov 8, 2014.
Thats what i thought too... would make a great model though.
I can't believe someone actually thought this up. And then somebody actually built it!!
Heck, fire that forward gun, and the whole bl**dy contraption would fall over backwards !!
Strange but not stupid
The Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 16
This is 50-Mile-An-Hour "Sea Skimmer" To Chase Axis U-Boats. The odd-looking craft pictured above was recently designed as a new weapon against the Axis submarines. Its inventor, Antoine Gazda, calls it the "Sea Skimmer," Which aptly describes the way it rides the waves. It is shown during a recent trial run at Providence R. I. The "hull" is mounted on a catamaran base, similar to those used by ocean resort lifeguards for riding through the surf. This construction, its sponsors say, enables easy handling on rough water. The "Sea Skimmer" carries a two-man crew, who, in addition to operating it, man the guns, which not only serves as protection against air raiders, but can be turned against a surfaced sub. These are a machine gun and a 20-mm. Oerlikon cannon, (seen at bow) which was also invented by Gazda. For attacking submerged U-boats, the "Sea Skimmer" carries four depth charges, which rest on the catamaran floats under the hull's stern. These can be replaced by torpedoes. The craft is said to reach a 50-mile-an-hour speed under the drive of its airplane-propelled engine. Elimination of subsurface screw propulsion, it is pointed out, also protects it from detection by an enemy ship's sound-detection gear. Except for the propeller and engine, the Sea Skimmer is built entirely of non-strategic plywood plastic, and can easily be molded out in large numbers. Very light, the new sub-chaser can be hoisted aboard and carried on regular surface craft as easily as can a lifeboat.
What the jam? Looks like it had a wing as some point.
What the hell is that???
Schnautzer, can I have some of that Weiner bologna pudding?
Sure with a ocr topping...
If you don't mind, I can clean this up.....
Now that's something....
The idea caught on...
Still being used today, in a slightly different form, if you look at the Everglades aero-boats.
Nile delta 1942