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rotornut
21st Aug 2010, 14:32
Ekranoplan - MoscowTopNews.com (http://www.moscowtopnews.com/?area=postView&id=886)

G-CPTN
21st Aug 2010, 14:40
Wikimapia - Ekranoplan (http://wikimapia.org/#lat=42.8819353&lon=47.6566529&z=18&l=0&m=s)

Caboclo
21st Aug 2010, 16:00
The Ruskies make some wonderful stuff when they aren't wasting their time copying western designs. Try a google on "myasishchev"; now there's some blokes who know how to think outside the box! :D

vulcanised
21st Aug 2010, 16:53
Looks like an extremely thirsty hovercraft.

tony draper
21st Aug 2010, 16:57
Fine on a lake how would it fare in lumpy sea with 40 foot waves.:uhoh:

Firestorm
21st Aug 2010, 17:02
I think that it's a bit like a hovercraft except you have control over it's direction. And it's faster. Alot faster. In many ways it's much more like an (can say the word on here?) aeroplane than a hovercraft, it just flies very low, and there are few pilots who would say that flying low is anything but fun. It can be dangerous I know, but that doesn't mean that it's not fun!

Lon More
21st Aug 2010, 18:03
Didn't James May play with one recently?

Saintsman
21st Aug 2010, 19:12
This largest ever built ground effect vehicle was designed in 1963-1964, construction was completed in 1965.

showcraft (http://www.se-technology.com/wig/html/main.php?code=&craft=24&open=showcraft)

Been away for a while?

redsnail
21st Aug 2010, 20:03
There was one in Cairns 10 years ago. I think it was a 6 seater? I could be wrong, it was tech when I saw it. However, I did play on his hovercraft.

They are SO much fun. :ok:

G-CPTN
21st Aug 2010, 22:08
Ekranoplans (http://www.vincelewis.net/ekranoplan.html) evolved on the Caspian Sea (they were called Caspian Sea Monsters (http://davidszondy.com/future/Flight/GEV.htm)).
The Caspian Sea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspian_Sea) (an inland sea) is larger than Britain . . . 143,200 sq miles . . .

dead_pan
22nd Aug 2010, 17:07
Its a shame most of these beasties are decaying away on the banks of the Caspian sea. I'm sure a few collections in the west would love to get hold of one.

I thought they could have done well plying their trade across the English Channel. The journey time would have been considerably quicker than a hovercraft (or Eurotunnel for that matter).

James May did have a go in a pint-sized Ekranoplan in Russia. I recall he flew it over a frozen lake.

rotornut
23rd Aug 2010, 14:49
I thought they could have done well plying their trade across the English Channel. The journey time would have been considerably quicker than a hovercraft
And probably more comfortable. However, I'll bet the operating costs were pretty high.