Giant Aircraft of the World

Steve Pace

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Talk about giant aircraft - http://thebrigade.com/2015/07/09/russias-unprecedented-monster-aircraft-ship-53-photos-and-story/ - courtesy of Ray Puffer, former historian at Edwards AFB History Office. -SP
 
Steve Pace said:
Talk about giant aircraft - http://thebrigade.com/2015/07/09/russias-unprecedented-monster-aircraft-ship-53-photos-and-story/ - courtesy of Ray Puffer, former historian at Edwards AFB History Office. -SP

Are the pictures courtesy of Ray Puffer? Because the terrible article by "chuck" is a repost from another website and has awful nuggets like this "Area 51 actually had a team devoted to keeping tabs on the Ekranoplan."
 
sublight is back said:
Steve Pace said:
Talk about giant aircraft - http://thebrigade.com/2015/07/09/russias-unprecedented-monster-aircraft-ship-53-photos-and-story/ - courtesy of Ray Puffer, former historian at Edwards AFB History Office. -SP

Are the pictures courtesy of Ray Puffer? Because the terrible article by "chuck" is a repost from another website and has awful nuggets like this "Area 51 actually had a team devoted to keeping tabs on the Ekranoplan."
No, Ray sent me the link is all. -SP
 
Original source of photos is Igor Kolokolov LJ
http://igor113.livejournal.com/178181.html
 
What i cannot understand is why the "Caspian Sea Monster" has received so little attention, particularly in the west. This is still the longest aircraft ever to fly, and existed for about 10 years, if i am not mistaken. Furthermore, its design & means of propulsion (if that is the best way to describe it) are still relatively rare and untried. In short, the biggest and strangest aircraft ever flown, and it seldom gets a mention in aircraft books. Maybe it is just me, but i love it.
 
foiling said:
..., the biggest and strangest aircraft ever flown, and it seldom gets a mention in aircraft books.

To my opinion, because WIG are more often regarded as a kind of ship, than a kind of aircraft, similar
maybe to hydrofoil craft, which aren't regarded as aircraft neither. Hovercraft are a similar category,
although sometimes even found in some (older) aviation magazines.
 
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