Its my wish to see it. Here is what I found so far about submersible aircrafts...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.
This is the sketch I draw today from what I remember. Anybody can show a drawing of the real thing?. Perhaps Archibald or Tophe...have you ever seen this project in the pages of Science et Vie?. I would like to know the date of this design...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.
This seems to be an interesting publication, are the contents mainly on unbuilt project aircraft? Thanks.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.
The general purpose of the such a crazy idea was unexpected attack. Some, ehm, radical form of temporary stealth. ;DKim Margosein said:What the hell was the mission of these submersible aircraft? BTW, is that soviet flying sub some sort of hoax?
I personaly dont think so. You really need to try also the unconventional and bizare ideas to find the best solution of the problem. Yes - sometimes they are not successfull, but sometimes they are better than anything else. Its natural process of development and I think that to be limited only with the proven and classical ideas and solutions is much worser.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.
But did it fly? Anybody can build something that floats with something like wings and a prop - it does not mean it can fly.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
Not at all, actually. it was a project by a few college students. Got them their grade and presumably their degrees, but it was not a serious industry effort.Jemiba said:Interesting concept, looks like a scaled down P6M Seamaster. How serious was
The plane taking off from the water is a submersible aircraftJusto Miranda said:I am not sure whether this drawing belongs to real projects or fantastic illustrations.
Could you help me classify it, please?