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    Ekranoplans

    Nope, not a misspelling. If you know what an ekranoplan is, kudos to you!

    I’ve been fascinated by these for years. The last survivor is being rescued.

    https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/c...lan/index.html

    There are lots of videos, here’s a short one that, if it doesn’t blow your mind, I don’t know what to say. 350mph over water.




    #2
    Pretty cool.

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      #3
      These are pretty cool. This one doesn't have the anti-ship missile launchers. It wasn't only designed for moving cargo around...

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      • Mosca
        Mosca commented
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        I think this is the one that was fitted with the launchers, but the video was taken during trials.

        The eight engines on the front plane were only used to launch and accelerate; once the craft (it is actually classed as a watercraft) got up to speed, the rear engines were used to maintain velocity. Hence the fuel efficiency.

        If anyone is interested, there are some extended YouTube videos showing the design and development. It’s a fascinating vehicle.

      #4
      Verrry interesting! 👍

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          #6
          pretty cool. I wonder how she does in big seas

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          • Dan Deter
            Dan Deter commented
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            Apparently pretty well..."able to take off and land in stormy conditions, with waves of up to 2 and a half meters'

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