Ekranoplan airplane or boat?

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Ekranoplan airplane or boat?

  1. boat

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  2. airplane

    6 vote(s)
    66.7%
  1. mr curious
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    mr curious gunkholer supreme

  2. BHOFM
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    It is more airplane than boat, but still, not either!

    It doesn't fly, but it doesn't float!

    This can be a deadly effect with a slightly overloaded
    aircraft! When your nose is up and the VSI says 0
    you have a problem! You can maintain speed , but
    can not climb!
     
  3. freesail
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    freesail Junior Member

    Its a brilliant looking piece of design.
     
  4. kach22i
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    It's a WIG (Wing In Ground Effect).
     
  5. the1much
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    the1much hippie dreams

    its a conversation piece hehe ;)
     
  6. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    superman?, but on closer inspection and the graphics available from UTube - nice toy but rather limited in practical scope of application and that applies to most wigs.....
     
  7. mr curious
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    do tell more.............................. please

    :)
     
  8. masalai
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    I doubt that they could compete on many international routes London to Greece, London to LA, Sydney to NY, Australia to USA or Europe and routes where turns and cranky seas or travel over both land and sea may be encountered... Along busy shipping channels quickly comes to mind.... I would not like to be in one, when a fast avoidance manoeuvre was necessary to avoid a fishing boat in a heavy seaway.....

    Advantages may be in the summer months around northern Russia where melting surface and permafrost 1 to 3 ft below makes other forms of transport difficult....
     
  9. mr curious
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    mr curious gunkholer supreme

    that about sums it up

    cheers
     
  10. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Also, Mr C, there are people who cannot resist, and, after all it is in fun.... A bit of a game, - - you know what I mean...
     
  11. mr curious
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    mr curious gunkholer supreme

    so i assume you are saying that the Ekranoplan is in fact a boat?

    :p
     
  12. the1much
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    multi-use transportational vehicle
    hehe :D
     
  13. masalai
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    masalai masalai

    Mr curious, yes and a plane hehe
     
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    It's a practical joke?!
     

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    masalai masalai

    Practically?
     
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