- May 26, 2006
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Quite a unique craft was developed in the 60s by the Swiss engineer Weiland within his contract with the US company "West Coast". Weiland vehicles comprise a twin-hull structure with two large wings of aspect ratio 5 configured in a tandem. The "Small Weilandcraft" of 4.3 tons was to be followed by a 1000-ton "Large Weilandcraft" with length in excess of 200m and width of more than 150m. Sufficient attention was attached to providing efficient takeoff.
As an alternative to hydroskis, Weiland proposed power augmentation. He also introduced special inflatable shells on the bottoms of the hulls to reduce the impact of waves during takeoff. The "Small Weilandcraft" crashed during the tests supposedly due to lack of static stability.
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