What is it aircraft or boat?

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  1. 63B20

    63B20 G&G Evangelist

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  2. blaster

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    that's a weird one!:confused:
     
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  3. neophyte

    neophyte Wonderment :) Forum Contributor

    63B20: Sir; wow weee


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  4. Huey Rider

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    Wow! That’s an incredible flying machine! Sorta like something out of Star Wars.
     
  5. 63B20

    63B20 G&G Evangelist

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    I thought the six tubes on the top look like rocket launchers.
     
  6. blaster

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    ^ those tubes look like the Harpoon Missile launchers that were on the U.S. Navy hydrofoil boats stationed in Key West a few years ago.
     
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  7. TXplt

    TXplt Gun Toting Boeing Driver Forum Contributor

    What a beast.

    Eight engines; must've needed them to break water.

    Shades of the spruce goose.
     
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  8. chesterwin

    chesterwin G&G Evangelist

    Makes sense to me. Anyone experienced in boating knows getting one on plane. The principle applied above just employs lift and a lot more power.
     
  9. Rocky7

    Rocky7 G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    Ivan dumped it when he realized either: i) it would only fly on calm days and sometimes war breaks out in the wind; or ii) he realized that NATO did not have designs on the untold riches of the Caspian Sea.
     
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  10. TXplt

    TXplt Gun Toting Boeing Driver Forum Contributor

    Vulnerable to threats.

    Gas Hog.

    Draggy airframe.

    Hard to maintain AND subject to corrosion from Salt Water (which is REALLY bad for airplanes).

    Although it would have been neat to fly a couple of times.
     
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  11. TNPIRATE

    TNPIRATE Yo Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Rum Forum Contributor

    It came off Capt. Nemo's submarine:cool:
     
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  12. BigEd63

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    Ground effect vehicle.

    More boat as it can't truly fly.

    And yeah iirc the Spruce Goose was similar.
     
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  13. don5544

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    Yes they are missile tubes. It was tested on the Caspian Sea. It was designed as a anti carrier platform. It used ground effect to help lift. It was thought to fly long range low and attack a Carrier before it knew it was close. Wild concept that didn't work.
     
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  14. AK Hunter

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    Looks like a hydrofoil to me half plane, half boat.
    I think it's Russian, they over build everything. LOL
     
  15. Palladin8

    Palladin8 G&G Evangelist

    I have to say one thing about Russian Engineers, when they think outside of the box they really think far outside the box.
     
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  16. Cyrano

    Cyrano Resident Curmudgeon Forum Contributor

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    It's an ekranoplane. Basically, it's a ship that can get up out of the water into ground effect and scoot along in the air a couple of feet above the surface at upwards of 230 knots, with a top speed of maybe 350 knots..

    This particular one is a Lun-class ekranoplane, the MD-160. Although operated by the Red Navy, it was piloted by Red Air Force pilots. It was only in service a few years, from 1987 to about 1997. It was intended as an anti-ship platform to be used against the Sixth Fleet in the Med, but as far as I know it never left the Black Sea.
     
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  17. BigEd63

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    My sick sense of humor has kicked in.

    George Soros needs to buy it and fully restore it.

    Got one crewman lined up so far
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  18. Cyrano

    Cyrano Resident Curmudgeon Forum Contributor

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    BANANA! :usa: