- May 26, 2006
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The Be-2500 super-heavy transport seaplane will come a part of commerce and special service transportation on transoceanic routes.
The design concept of super-heavy seaplane allows operate the a/c both in WIG mode above the ocean and in aircraft mode. The Be-2500 seaplane may become a perfect platform to deliver the spaceships to the upper atmosphere of the Earth equatorial area.
The Be-2500 may also be used for landing operations, search and rescue missions, as well as the vehicle for prospecting and extraction operations at shelves and archipelagoes areas.
The facilities of existing major ports may provide sufficient support for operation and anchorage of the seaplane.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beriev_Be-2500The Beriev Be-2500 Neptun (Cyrillic: Бериев Бе-2500 Нептун) is a super-heavy amphibian cargo aircraft concept being developed by the Beriev Aircraft Company of Russia. Its maximum takeoff weight is projected to be 2,500 metric tons, hence the designation.
It is designed to function as both a conventional high-altitude jet and as an Ekranoplan. It is intended to fly transcontinental routes, taking off from conventional sea-ports and requiring no special infrastructure.
If it enters service, it will become the new largest aircraft in the world, surpassing another aircraft designed in a territory of the former Soviet Union, the Antonov An-225.
Beriev states that if this plane is to become a reality investments from several countries are needed.
17.5 inches wing span Beriev Design Bureau heavy resin model of Be-2500 huge machine weighting 2500t(5,500.000 lb) at take-off is a further development of the Be-1200(Be-2000) layout. It combines the properties of a traditional seaplane (flying boat) and a WIG Ekranoplane vehicle, being capable of flying both in ground effect and at high altitude. The basic specifications of the Be-2500 are as follows.Powerplant: six Kuznetsov NK-116 turbofans; maximum payload, 1000t (2,200,000lb);cruising speed in high altitude 10 km (32,810ft), 700 km/h; in ground-effect mode, 450 km/h;ferrying range in high-altitude flight, 17,000 km(10600 miles). First project presented by Beriev factory at Hydro Aviation Show 2000 in Ghelendzhik in September 2000. This project is a long-term prospective design not intended to be implemented in the immediate future.It is presumed that such ultra-heavy aerial vehicles may be used for transportation on transatlantic and transpacific routes. The unique potential of Design Bureau named after Beriev with regard to designing and producing hydroplanes in any weight category and for any duties (including Ekranoplanes) called forth a very unorthodox idea of creating a maritime space complex (MSC) designed to tackle a wide range of tasks of global scope.This complex would make it possible to launch any space objects and manned space vehicles in a wide range of latitudes and trajectories and bring them back into the required point of the world`s oceans which cover 71 per cent of the globe`s surface.
16 inches wing span heavy resin model of Beriev Design Bureau on blue Plexiglas stand made in the shape of Oceanic wave. This outstanding quality model features Beriev factory logo, clear windows on fuselage and wings, detailed engines and entire craft. Original model custom hand made for presentations to VIP guests and Officials during airshows. Model represent second version of Be-2500 (Be-2500P), which differ in aerodynamic layout from Be-2500.Layout of Be-2500P is almost identical to that of the Be-1200(Be-2000), the only difference being the shape of the wing center section trailing edge and the location of aft-mounted engines which are placed outboard of the fins, not inboard.Thus Be-2500P, unlike the Be-2500, can use its nose-mounted engines for power-augmented take-oof, directing their exhaust under the wing. Be-2500/Be-2500P project is a long-term prospective design of Beriev`s Bureau and not intended to be implemented in the immediate future. It is presumed that such ultra-heavy aerial vehicles may be used for transportation on transatlantic and transpacific routes.