Extreme And Unusual Aircraft – Ekranoplan the Leviathan!

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For those not in the know, ekranoplans resemble a cross between seaplanes and hydrofoils. Essentially aircraft, they exploit a phenomenon called the wing-in-ground effect, where flying close to a surface gives a winged body extra lift.

Extreme And Unusual Aircraft – Ekranoplan the Leviathan!

On October 18, 1966, the KM Ekranoplan, Russian for Wing-In-Ground effect vehicle ( WIG) flew for the first time. Larger than any other flying craft at the time, the Ekranoplan was nicknamed the Caspian Sea Monster.

Developed by Rostislav Evgenievich Alexeev and built at the Central Hydrofoil Design Bureau, the Caspian Sea Monster is the largest WIG ever to be built.

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