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Anyone like a DIY restoration job?
Have a go at this Ekranoplan.
http://ru-aviation.livejournal.com/1347006.html
(warning: Lots & lots of high-def pictures, so it might be slow to load).
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On 15/02/2014 17:12, Sam Plusnet wrote:

I've always fancied one of those, but the problem is where to park it.
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On 15/02/14 17:18, Nightjar wrote:

Anywhere round Chertsey or Somerset..
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On 15/02/2014 17:23, The Natural Philosopher wrote:

And then use the missiles to get rid of those couple of handful of householders who each want million or two spent so that they can live in a flood plain.
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My God - looks like something out of 'Bladerunner'
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On 15/02/2014 19:01, alan wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRT-R9BidoM

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Wow. I rather like one of the comments below the video: "This is the most Soviet thing I have ever seen in my entire life. If one thing could be used to describe the Soviets, it would be this."!
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How does the old engineering adage of "if it looks right, it is right" stand with that ?
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On 15/02/14 19:13, Adrian wrote:

ITYM "if it's right, it looks right". And that thing may be described as looking like many things but right it doesn't.
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grunted:

It was a waste of space and effort. It had all the usual sea plane seawater corrosion problems and problems with saltwater spray being ingested into the turbines. Also problems in rough seas. A short look at history books would have told them this before they started the project.
Typical failed socialist ego project. Meanwhile the Russian people starved.
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On 16/02/2014 09:31, harryagain wrote:

They were not designed as sea planes, but as high speed attack boats. They also had the advantages that they could ignore ice and had limited ground crossing ability. Their main problems were longitudinal instability and, as they went out of use before GLONASS was properly established, navigation.

Which was not that much of a problem in their designed areas of use; the Black Sea and the Baltic.

The concept was sound and has been developed in much smaller civilian projects. It was more realistic than some US projects:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convair_X-6 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pluto http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett_(nuclear_device)
or British:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explorer-class_submarine
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On 16/02/2014 11:32, Nightjar wrote:

I thought they were largely used on the Caspian?
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On 16/02/2014 11:56, polygonum wrote:

That is where development and testing took place and, in the event, where most were seen. The Soviet Navy originally ordered 120 vessels and, had they been built, they would have been deployed in the Black Sea fleet and in the Baltic fleet. There was also talk of possible use in some Arctic regions.
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On Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:11:37 +0000, Nightjar wrote:

And where the remains are now:
http://goo.gl/maps/nWxTB
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And one of the interior photographs of that single completed vehicle shows lots & lots of (temporary) data recording devices in place. (See http://tiny.cc/pyocbx - just over half way down the page)
That suggests it was a prototype and still in development when it got cancelled.
Since this thing operated in ground effect just above the water, at say 200 km/hr, I suspect that the vibration induced by flying over the waves would have shaken any loose filling out of your head. All the crew stations are extensively padded which suggests the same thing.
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On 16/02/2014 18:28, Sam Plusnet wrote:

Or that they were all certified...
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On 16/02/2014 11:32, Nightjar wrote:

There was a suggestion many years ago to use something like it to cross the channel - the idea was to use radar to make sure there was a clear path across and then whizz over at four hundred miles an hour or more.
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On Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:12:55 +0000, Sam Plusnet wrote:

Wonder what it does to the gallon?
Dream technology - is it a boat? is it a plane? and might be a way of crossing the Atlantic if there weren't so many containers bobbing around.
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The very last picture is an interior view of (I think) one of the gun turrets.
Some of those connectors look awfully familiar.
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