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Old 05-06-2011, 11:39 AM   #1
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Did You Know There’s An Entire Type Of Aircraft That Relies On The Ground Effect To Stay Aloft? [VIDEO]

The FS8 - 85knot cruise speed, 3 meter flying height, $1.40/mile operating cost loaded with 10 people, 300 mile range. Good for scaring the bejabbers out of the pleasure boats and just being weird. Also - it claims to be a boat, not a plane....

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Old 05-06-2011, 12:10 PM   #2
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While I don't know what they are saying in this video, it is of the Soviet Ground Effect Air Craft/Boat. I read somewhere the reason they shelved this is it had a very hard time with high seas. i.e. if the waves were big enough it would run into them rather than going over them. Not a got thing at the speeds it travels.


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Old 05-06-2011, 12:33 PM   #3
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Also - it claims to be a boat, not a plane....
We always had problems with the takeoffs and the landings:
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No one has found the ground effect airships practical for long term use.

OTOH the Aussies have been making quasi ground effect/wave piercing hull high speed catamarans. Many are in commercial service. The US Navy leased some for a while for testing purposes. IIRC they passed on them, likely the NIH syndrome. NIH=Not Invented Here.

Example:HSC Sea Runner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edit add: The Incat catamarans are a beutiful sight to behold at speed. 30-50 Kts.

Edit2: A relatively recent model:
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