pometablava said:Matej, do you have more info or pics about this beast?
Pometablava - pictures that you posted are fakes. They are from 1962 issue of Air Progress. They were published before official drawings, so they are pure fantasy.
I know that Dassault also developed a "submersible seaplane" but it was not a sub-hunter as that Convair's design. Dassault vehicle was a shuttle to link submarine facilities either civil or military. Sub-cities never materialized so the submersible seaplane remained on the drawing board. I'll try to draw what I remember from that pic I saw when I was younger and post it here.
boxkite said:Here is more stuff. Artwork and sketches come from "Samolyot i podvodnaya lodka" by Lesnichenko & Gusev (ISBN 5817200538, Sankt Peterburg, 2001).
Let me know if identification is possible. Designers resp. manufacturers Beriev, Popadales and Reid are speculations.
Kim Margosein said:What the hell was the mission of these submersible aircraft? BTW, is that soviet flying sub some sort of hoax?
Hood said:Of all the idiotic schemes in the aviation world I can't help thinking that this is the worst. Water and aircrraft don't mix, for a start their not suited to underwater use. Neither are jet engines. Basing them aboard subs is one thing but flyling them underwater just silly.
Jemiba said:... and it works !
AFAIK, this is the only example of this strange kind of aircraft (or submarine ?),
which was really built and tested in 1964, the Reid RFS Commander, "RFS" for
Reids Flying Submarine.
Just found this in FlugRevue 5/1969
Jemiba said:Interesting concept, looks like a scaled down P6M Seamaster. How serious was
Justo Miranda said:I am not sure whether this drawing belongs to real projects or fantastic illustrations.
Could you help me classify it, please?