Wednesday, October 26, 2005


Steve's Video Of The Day: Russian "Float-Plane"!

Sikorsky (originally), Mikoyan, Antonov, Tupolev, Ilyushin, Gurevich, Sukhoi, Yakovlev, man, the "Russkies" sure had some outstanding aircraft designers, to name a number from the top echelons. Russian aircraft were designed for a minimum of maintenance, and to be able to operate from unprepared areas in heavy climate. Fully supported by the government (totally unlike Canada, where the Feds will do anything to impede, shut you down, and bury you), the designers were given reign to experiment, and were encouraged to explore their ideas. Yes, the Russians came up with some amazing designs, and most of them worked. Check out a Russian Float-Plane, or Flying Boat, or Water-Jet, or whatever you wish to call it, a fertile mind designed the Beriev Be-200. Beriev is a Russian company formed in 1934 that specializes in amphibious aircraft.

VIDEO - Russian "Float-Plane"!

Very interesting video. The Russian named this 'Ekranoplane' POst more video. I enjoy watching it.
Thanks for the comment. Actually, this type of craft is not an "Ekranoplane", because an ekranoplane is a "wing in ground effect" craft, and flies a few meters above the surface of the water. The Beriev B-200 is basically an "amphibious jet".
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