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Started by DD1975, February 08, 2012, 21:41:52 PM

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DD1975

Ground effects of course aren't new, the russians have been using them for years with the Caspian Sea Monster being the biggest:

Smoke me a Kipper I'll be back for breakfast - Ace Rimmer

Data

Very odd looking machines with their stumpy little wings, and we know Ground Effect is also used in F1 too but with the opposite effect of sucking the car to the ground, not sure how that works though.

Interesting vid DD, and the James Bond music too  :D

DD1975

Ground effects craft have been touted as the future of air frieght for some time, but we will see if that one ever "Takes off".

Oh god that was a truely awful pun, I just couldn't help myself though  :(
Smoke me a Kipper I'll be back for breakfast - Ace Rimmer

Snowcrash

The main drawback is they can't operate in high wind (sea chop) conditions.

No good for a service.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

DD1975

As far as I'm aware the Caspian Sea Monster is capable of near normal flifgt at several hundred feet, so there must be solutions to this issue........
Smoke me a Kipper I'll be back for breakfast - Ace Rimmer

Snowcrash

At several hundred feet you don't get the ground effect.

Use a prop plane.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

DD1975

Just found this on ekranoplans:

http://www.airforce.ru/en/ekranoplanes/ekranoplanes.htm

Haven't read it all yet but looks pretty good  :D
Smoke me a Kipper I'll be back for breakfast - Ace Rimmer

sybershot

I would not mind getting a service call for one of those, Though they probably would not call a marine tech  :(

DD1975

Smoke me a Kipper I'll be back for breakfast - Ace Rimmer

sybershot

that thing looks super sleek and fast.

Snowcrash

Love the looks of the QSST plane.
"I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

DD1975

They are pretty impressive I have to say, totally agree with snowy as well on the QSST
Smoke me a Kipper I'll be back for breakfast - Ace Rimmer