Russian Ekranoplans: Mosters of the Caspian

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  1. Matt308

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    Even for those who have seen these beasts before, this is a great slide show for your files. The pictures are very detailed and demonstrate the sheer audacity of Soviet engineering. Enjoy.
     

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    Holy crap... I've never heard of that! I got some "Googleing" to do!

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    Yep, interesting plans, never really got off the water though those plans, pardon the pun.
     
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    #4 Cyrano, May 20, 2007
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    Not that bad, although I think they did employ a few French designers on their aircraft...
     
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    You do realize that its not supposed to get off the water right. They are ground effect vehicles.
     

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    Well, technically they do "fly". But Adler is right. If by "fly", you mean about 5-20m depending upon the ekranoplan, its load and the sea state.
     
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    Okay, I had forgotten about that part as it was a while since I read the blurb about them. I was being tongue in check that they employed descendents of those that had designed most of the French bombers such as the Bloche something...
     
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    Yep, the Ekranoplans was sure a monster. Shows what can happen if you have access to too many engines while having a few vodkas!

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    Too true, still interesting idea. Employs the same effect type thing, so I believe as a hovercraft. Doubt they will ever take passengers as efficiently as a hovercraft though...
     
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    Hovercraft = wing in ground effect? Healz, Healz, Healz...
     
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    :lol:

    Yes someone else is catching on!
     
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