thee russian "ekranoplan", classic or dud?

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I love soviet-era aerospace tech. It looks kind of ultra-utilitarian & sinister. the "Ekranoplan" ground-effect vehicle is where they excelled themselves:

http://aquaglide.ru/images/img6.jpg

http://aquaglide.ru/images/img8.jpg

more here. Apparently there was a REALLY enormous ekranoplan that remained unfinished at the time of the collapse of the soviet union. They should build it!!

Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 12:39 (sixteen years ago) link

!!!

http://www.att-nn.com/GALLERY/HISTORY/Lun_zalp.jpg

Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 12:41 (sixteen years ago) link

classic! look at those ENGINES!

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 12:44 (sixteen years ago) link

mmmm ekranoplan, my previous placement student and I spent a week working out whether we could build one on the roof once. obv it wouldn't be able to go very far

Porkpie (porkpie), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 12:44 (sixteen years ago) link

They had one with cruise missiles for hunting US carrier groups during armageddon

PS - YAY

Whiskeytown Littlecock (ex machina), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 12:45 (sixteen years ago) link

there are satellite pictures of the hyowge one half built somewhere on the net. I wish I could remember where :o(

Porkpie (porkpie), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 12:46 (sixteen years ago) link

PS - I know my new SOLO NOISE NAME

Whiskeytown Littlecock (ex machina), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 12:52 (sixteen years ago) link

"Apart from the interior the Spasatel is currently finished and is waiting in a factory in Nizhny Novgorod for some money to finish it. The Spasatel is designed to locate and rescue people at sea from ships, aircraft or oil rigs and platforms. It can transport up to 150 people, but it can hold up to 500 rescued people."

!!

Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 12:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Totally classic of course. I love that the dreaded KM was nicknamed the "Caspian Sea Monster"

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 14:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Another site here: http://members.lycos.co.uk/aerospace21/ekranoplans/

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 14:51 (sixteen years ago) link

what were they thinking?

cºzen (Cozen), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 17:02 (sixteen years ago) link

classic, obv.

cºzen (Cozen), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 17:02 (sixteen years ago) link

It's cool, but it's got nothing on the Chance Vought V-173, or "Flying Flapjack."

http://www.aerofiles.com/vot-v173.jpg

http://www.mozeyoninn.com/Ginter/NAVAL/NF21.jpg

http://www.mindspring.com/~jaytee/images/pic50.jpg

more reading material here

x j e r e m y (x Jeremy), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 17:09 (sixteen years ago) link

The V-173 is a straight-up airplane though and not a ground-effect craft.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 18:21 (sixteen years ago) link

YEA KEEP IT ON TOPIC

Whiskeytown Littlecock (ex machina), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 18:23 (sixteen years ago) link

what is a ground-effect craft?

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 18:40 (sixteen years ago) link

what is a ground-effect craft?

The ekranoplans work on the same principle as hovercrafts, but instead of using a skirt to keep the air cushion inside they use aerodynamics to force it.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 18:43 (sixteen years ago) link

whoa, I thought this was different than hovercrafts

Whiskeytown Littlecock (ex machina), Tuesday, 27 July 2004 18:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I used to play in a band that had a guitarist who was obsessed with Ekranoplans, we wrote two long songs, 'Caspian Sea Monster' and 'Spasatel' and released a 12 inch Ekranoplan EP and included photos and information on ground effect aircraft.

http://www.gullbuy.com/buy/2000/2_8.cfm

http://www.collective-zine.co.uk/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=336

http://nme.co.uk/reviews/7486.htm

mzui, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 09:45 (sixteen years ago) link

so that's what that sigur ros song was about!

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:57 (sixteen years ago) link

sixteen years pass...

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