PDA

View Full Version : Were these aircraft real?



slo_1_2_3
11-20-2007, 10:31 PM
http://staff.jccc.net/droberts/whatisit.html
I can't figure it out, A part of me is like hell no that can't be an airplane, and the other part say, well it says they were made in Russia, where plane flys you.
Also this one,
http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/Files%20German%20fly...1/Dornier-Do-X_1.jpg (http://www.letletlet-warplanes.com/Files%20German%20flying%20boats%201/Dornier-Do-X_1.jpg)

captainbong1970
11-20-2007, 10:47 PM
apparently they are real and are like a hovercraft.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekranoplan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_effect_vehicle

buzzsaw1939
11-20-2007, 11:50 PM
They were designed to fly in ground effect over the ocean!

MaxMhz
11-21-2007, 12:49 AM
Yep they are real.
Using the ground effect they fly low over water and have a HUGE payload. There is also a small private plane that uses ground effect.
Several of the big models fly at the Black sea.
Much faster than hovercraft.

Haigotron
11-21-2007, 08:03 AM
Man that Lun is one freaky site...

Jaws2002
11-21-2007, 02:15 PM
This things were designed to bring in huge amounts of supply and troops over the water at really high speed. Flying so low they were harder to detect then cargo planes and were way faster and harder to intercept/stop then cargo ships(800-900km/h).

I saw some videos some time ago. Really monstrous machines to watch. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=700032477211557...ype=search&plindex=0 (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7000324772115570605&q=Ekranoplans&total=33&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=0)

Schwarz.13
11-21-2007, 02:25 PM
I saw a documentary about Ekranoplan a couple of years ago - crazy stuff! Here is a vid link of the Caspian Sea Monster http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif:

Caspian Sea Monster (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpGacOmSeHc)

Rood-Zwart
11-22-2007, 03:45 PM
If I recall correctly, a few of these things are for sale.

Metatron_123
11-22-2007, 08:56 PM
Reality is truly stranger than fiction... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif
Did you guys notice that the pilot uses both hands to push the throttle forward? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Sergio_101
11-23-2007, 02:04 PM
Originally posted by Metatron_123:
Reality is truly stranger than fiction... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif
Did you guys notice that the pilot uses both hands to push the throttle forward? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Ekranoplans are quite real and are the largest and heaviest airplanes ever to fly.

The Dornier X was real, it occupied the list of
over weight, over ambitious and under powered
aircraft.

The DO X had the unfortunate ability to carry more
fuel than it could take off with.
Passengers were really never an option.

There are roughly a hundred in this highly estimed class.
(It makes the list of the worlds worst airplanes.)

A few more of note.

Brstol Brabazon
Tarrant Tarbor
Barling Bomber
Hughes HK-1
Boeing XB-15
Caproni Ca 60
BlohmUndVoss-BV238
Saunders Roe Princess
Convair R3Y Tradewind
Ant-20 Maxim Gorky

To many to list.

Some were excellent flying machines with seriously flawed missions (HK-1, Saunders Rowe Princess)
Others married obsolete engineering with obsolete under powered engines(Bristol Brabazon, DO X)

Sergio

K_Freddie
11-23-2007, 02:35 PM
Brainchild of this man (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bartini) AFAIK
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

ArendAkelig
11-24-2007, 11:31 AM
looks like an aeroplane from the Thunderbirds tv-show

Bo_Nidle
11-24-2007, 01:58 PM
Originally posted by ArendAkelig:
looks like an aeroplane from the Thunderbirds tv-show

I've always been fascinated by Ekranoplanes and I think you've summed up why. I grew up with Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet et al and thats what they remind me of! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Very Gerry Anderson indeed! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Sergio_101
11-24-2007, 10:17 PM
I might add that Ekranoplans are by far the most original and ingenious of all Soviet aircraft.

Truly wonderful.

Boeing is working on the "Pelican".
While not a true Ekranoplans it runs its best
in surface effect.
Difference will be size, weight, range and
a nice addition, the ability to climb well over large obsticals.
Pelican will be able to carry a minumum of 2,000,000 lbs of cargo depending
on the version they build. It could be twice that.
Max TO Weight will fall between 3,000,000 and 6,000,000 lbs
and a wing span of between 400' and 600' !

That was the Ekranoplans's downfall. Max altitude
was only about 400'. Also not able to rapidly change pitch
in an emergency.

Still a wonderful invention, one of my favorites.

Sergio