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    Quote Originally Posted by ZekeJones View Post
    There's several inaccuracies in the article. Moskits never had nuclear warheads, craft made tight turns by digging wings into the water on purpose, it never was landing craft but "carrier killer" instead etc. Moreover, you can't dig the wing by accident - the water is parting by air pressure to the certain limit. It never denies craft's dirigibility uniqueness, but the only thing one should aware is to lift the bow too high.

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    Absolutely great pictures Andrey! I have always been a fan of the Ekranoplanes and have never seen such detailed pictures. Awesome craft!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by omon View Post
    wow, that is a huge b...ch.
    damn shame what happend to it.

    however there was another designer in ussr that worked on wig ctraft. italian Robert Bartini. his craft was build at beriev plant, very unusual craft as well
    VVA-14 R.L.Bartini
    Bartini was also very talented and mathematically and physically advanced. His Stahl-6 and Stahl-7 were considered a major breakthroughs in soviet aviation design. But VVA-14 was intended to be VTOL seaplane - submarine killer and became ekranoplan only after Bartini's death in 1974. So it's more plane than ship, lighter and more fragile.

    Here's the pic of its current condition.
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    Fantastic pictures. What a beast! That must of been a WTF moment for the Nato imagery guys who first saw it.

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    ^^^ haha, would have loved to be in that room.

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    Bollocks, that ain't Russian. It's clearly Boba Fett's seriously upgunned replacement ship, the Slave III.

    And that other one couple of posts up from here, don't know what that is, but it's clearly not terrestrial in origin. Heck, you can clearly see alien writing on its hull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmchairGeneral View Post
    Bollocks, that ain't Russian. It's clearly Boba Fett's seriously upgunned replacement ship, the Slave III.

    And that other one couple of posts up from here, don't know what that is, but it's clearly not terrestrial in origin. Heck, you can clearly see alien writing on its hull.
    In original shape it looked like this
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    I’m living in N.Novgorog where Lun was designed. Some time ago, a local TV channel aired an interview with one of the engineers who had been participating in the project. Apart from the usual blah-blah about lack of funds and government’s neglect, I remember his observation that noise and vibration inside this monster were horrific. And after a half-hour’s flight, it took a full week to come to one’s senses.

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    This is fascinating. Keep up the good work. It's so interesting to see things that I read about as a kid. I can only imagine if they tried building something like that in the U.S. You wanna build what?!!!
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    It is sad to see a master piece of engineering like that sitting outside in saltwater vapor environment and decay. It should be in a well lit enclosed museum hall for every one as well as future generations to observe and enjoy.

    Many thanx for sharing the pix.

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    Russia to mass produce ground effect vehicles from 2015

    Russia may start mass production of military and civil wing-in-ground effect vehicles as soon as 2015, the head of the Alekseev Hydrofoil Design Bureau Sergei Platonov said on Friday.

    Wing-in-ground effect (WIGE) vehicles - also referred to as water-skimming wingships, flarecraft, or by the Russian term ekranoplan - are vehicles that fly near the surface of the Earth due to the ground effect created by the aerodynamic interaction of the wings and the surface.

    Russia is planning to start production of high-payload flarecraft, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Wednesday during a meeting of the state modernization committee at Ramenskoye Instrument Engineering Plant.

    "Now we must produce universal things able to solve military tasks in times of war, and civil tasks in peacetime," Platonov said.

    There are no analogues in the world. The Americans have been working on a pilot model but have not finished it yet, Platonov said.

    Commenting on the advantages of ground effect vehicles, Platonov said their technical characteristics exceed those of both ships and conventional aircraft.

    One ground effect vehicle now on the design board would be able to deploy 32 Novator Club cruise missiles.

    "What other craft can also deploy so many missiles given that a flarecraft is nearly invisible and has a speed of 500 kilometers an hour [311 mph] at two or three meters above the sea or land?" Platonov said.

    MOSCOW, September 24 (RIA Novosti)
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