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Russian Hovercraft Parks On Crowded Beach..............

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Sailors looking for chicks. So what's new??

Agreed. Other than that these chicks have a finite probability of being ground to ribbons in the lift fan of a military aircraft, nothing is too new here.

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But the purpose of the fan is indeed to "lift" the vehicle.

 

That thing is huge!

 

Is there really a need for that type of craft anymore?

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But the purpose of the fan is indeed to "lift" the vehicle.

 

That thing is huge!

 

Is there really a need for that type of craft anymore?

I need one.

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My hovercraft is full of eels.

That's a clever and Interesting euphemism but you could have simply confessed to being a poofter

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But the purpose of the fan is indeed to "lift" the vehicle.

 

That thing is huge!

 

Is there really a need for that type of craft anymore?

 

One of the best ice-breakers...ever!

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I think that's the largest military hovercraft ever made. I suspect it's important mainly due to sudden territorializing of the Arctic Circle. Maybe they can fly it over pack ice with more range and capacity than conventional aircraft?

 

Anyway, the Russians are awesome at building insanely large, weird flying machines ...

 

 

If memory serves, I think Mark once mentioned that the Russian Ekranoplanes originally gave the Pentagon some worrisome nights, at the time there was no way for them to detect them long range against U.S. carriers, so we quickly put something or another together (maybe the AWACs?) I don't remember that part. Mark?

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I think that's the largest military hovercraft ever made. I suspect it's important mainly due to sudden territorializing of the Arctic Circle. Maybe they can fly it over pack ice with more range and capacity than conventional aircraft?

 

Anyway, the Russians are awesome at building insanely large, weird flying machines ...

 

 

 

If memory serves, I think Mark once mentioned that the Russian Ekranoplanes originally gave the Pentagon some worrisome nights, at the time there was no way for them to detect them long range against U.S. carriers, so we quickly put something or another together (maybe the AWACs?) I don't remember that part. Mark?

 

My towplane pilot was a back seater in F4 Phantoms on carriers at the height of the Cold War, and he said the big Ekranoplanes caused much lost sleep in you were stationed on a carrier in the N. Atlantic. Staying in ground effect kept them invisible to radar until it was to late to do anything, they had to use airborne AWACS to detect and the seaclutter made that iffy. He and lots of NATO planners felt that they were the biggest threat to our carriers out there. The real badass one had six big missle tubes sprouting out of the top of the fuselage at about a 45 degree angle, ugly thing. I think one of them had a cockpit up at the top of the T-tail which had to be a cool spot to drive from.

 

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Sailors looking for chicks. So what's new??

 

The fifth of vodka this captain just consumed...

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Zoom lens; impossible to say how close they were to the crowd, and the later shot is unbknown time after they were stopped. That thing has to be HUGELY expensive to operate...

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I think that's the largest military hovercraft ever made. I suspect it's important mainly due to sudden territorializing of the Arctic Circle. Maybe they can fly it over pack ice with more range and capacity than conventional aircraft?

 

Anyway, the Russians are awesome at building insanely large, weird flying machines ...

 

 

 

If memory serves, I think Mark once mentioned that the Russian Ekranoplanes originally gave the Pentagon some worrisome nights, at the time there was no way for them to detect them long range against U.S. carriers, so we quickly put something or another together (maybe the AWACs?) I don't remember that part. Mark?

 

Not that i recall. My memory is that these things were rendered obsolete by the invention of over-the-horizon and fighter-launchable cruise missiles, advances in airborne radar detection of moving objects and other stuff. Lots of ways to deliver the weapons it packed that are less vulnerable and more versatile came into being, IIRC.

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Thanks Rasputin, and apologies Mark.

 

Fascinating history of the WIG. Australia was investing in these for research when I was there, they had one local build called a Flarecraft, I think.

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I for one am very elated that the designer of that....thing...never went on to a career in sailboat design

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I for one am very elated that the designer of that....thing...never went on to a career in sailboat design

Form follows function. It's beautiful.

 

The function follows form department is on the XX floor, to the right.

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I for one am very elated that the designer of that....thing...never went on to a career in sailboat design

Form follows function. It's beautiful.

 

The function follows form department is on the XX floor, to the right.

 

 

Life's too short to die in a fugly hovercraft....

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But the purpose of the fan is indeed to "lift" the vehicle.

 

That thing is huge!

 

Is there really a need for that type of craft anymore?

I believe they can fly these off of an LST, and straight onto the beach. Beauty of this is you don't have to worry about the beach much, shallow water, marsh, loosly packed sand, offshore reefs. About the only thing you have to worry about is how steep the beach is. Hovercrafts don't climb hills too well.

 

Big ones have the ability to carry heavy loads, so you can put a lot of vehicles, troops and materiel onto the beach in short order. Much more versatile then a landing craft, but much more expensive to operate, and a much more complicated piece of equipment as well.

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I for one am very elated that the designer of that....thing...never went on to a career in sailboat design

This from the man drooling over his step van???

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I for one am very elated that the designer of that....thing...never went on to a career in sailboat design

This from the man drooling over his step van???
is a step van the van your new wife had with her first husband. And it's only in your garage on weekends?

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I for one am very elated that the designer of that....thing...never went on to a career in sailboat design

 

 

so you're not following this America's Cup are ya boi

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I for one am very elated that the designer of that....thing...never went on to a career in sailboat design

 

The Russian's solved the mystery of TU-92's chewing their own wing off when the scrapped that baby.

 

There's been worse though...

 

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WTF is that? ^^^^

 

I thought I had seen all the weird ones...

 

 

I'm surprised it's not painted black & yellow. Looks like something Belushi would have cruised down Sunset Blvd in....

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WTF is that? ^^^^

 

I thought I had seen all the weird ones...

 

 

I'm surprised it's not painted black & yellow. Looks like something Belushi would have cruised down Sunset Blvd in....

Does look like a trail of disaster could (should?) follow it...

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WTF is that? ^^^^

 

I thought I had seen all the weird ones...

 

MD XF-85 Goblin.

 

 

Another "Whatizit?"

 

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Wasn't that in Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang?....

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IIRC the Goblin was supposed to ride along with a long range bomber to provide air support as the bomber approached it's target, could be aerially recovered of a "trapeze" and refuelled and rearmed onboard.

 

Didn't work out, somehow.

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IIRC the Goblin was supposed to ride along with a long range bomber to provide air support as the bomber approached it's target, could be aerially recovered of a "trapeze" and refuelled and rearmed onboard.

 

Didn't work out, somehow.

Ah, that explains the trolley cart landing gear. Interesting idea.

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I believe that one of the designers is heavily involved in catamaran design in Europe, and has been for years. Some of his cats are a bit unusual, but some are quite neat. One 8.6 metre job is a nice looking cat, and there have been quite a few built around the world. I cant remember his name, but he also has plans for small ekranoplans.

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Did anyone notice this video at the end?

That's just a WiG/ekranoplane. For some reason it has a hovercraft skirt on it, I'm not sure if the increased complexity over a standard WiG is worth it, but it's a good to see new energy in WiG design.

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