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Old Jul 21, 2002, 06:32 PM
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Ekranoplan

I had never seen this before watching the history channel today...

http://www.vlewis.net/page3a.html

Interesting...

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Old Jul 21, 2002, 07:20 PM
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About 20 years ago one of the long-time aerodynamicists was retiring and cleaning out his files.. this one was interesting..
Something Lockheed did between the F-104 and ???
about the middle-late '50s..
Somewhat resembles the "Caspian Sea Monster"..
It was tested in a reservoir just north of San Fernando..
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Old Jul 21, 2002, 09:05 PM
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It's a fun plane to fly on Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002! Definately an interesting idea, just not too sure on its practability.

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Old Jul 22, 2002, 06:35 AM
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I saw this on the Discovery channel once...

The russians have experimented a lot with theese things, they are called "WIG"...

They are pretty neat when transporting things over long distances, they make about 500 km per hour and they draw as much fuel as a larger boat...

So these machines are a "budjet" alternative for air transportation...



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Old Jul 22, 2002, 06:44 AM
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I bought Graham Taylor's excellent WhizzyWig plans but have not had the time to build one yet.

http://www.home-taylor.freeserve.co....g%20plans.html
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Old Jul 22, 2002, 01:21 PM
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WIG

For much more, try www.se-technology.com/wig/

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Old Jul 22, 2002, 02:10 PM
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Airventure,
Where did you get that model for MSFS 2002? I've been looking around a few sites, but can't seem to find it.

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Old Jul 23, 2002, 12:06 AM
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I belive it's function is also known as ground effect or ground effect vehicles. I think basicly it means that a wing has more lift when it's closer to the ground. Airplanes exhibit this function. There a lot of rc models of these .
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Old Jul 23, 2002, 06:11 AM
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I think basicly it means that a wing has more lift when it's closer to the ground.
No, the wing has less drag rather than more lift.

The problem with flying in ground effect is that the centre of pressure is further rearward than out of ground effect. When you climb out of ground effect the nose tends to rise and the aircraft can do a back flip (as seen on hydroplanes). In fact the large 300 foot Russian Ekranoplan was lost this way.

The trick of ekranoplan design is choosing a combination of wing/tail aerofoils, sizes and locations to give automatic stability. The idea behind the Russian design is that the tailplane is out of ground effect.
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Old Jul 23, 2002, 07:11 AM
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There's an American company that has a couple of really sleek small craft out. Do a web search on Flightship.

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Old Jul 23, 2002, 11:01 AM
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WIG

The acronym WIG is from 'Wing In Ground-effect'

There is a number of companies in both the US (Flarecraft?) and in Germany who manufacture these things. There's some excellent film which demonstrates the Flarecraft machine in use. The pilot (driver?) talks aboutwhat happens if, at speed, one tip or the other hits the water. Apparently all it does at 80knots or so is jump back out, with no change to direction or stability.

The website I mentioned in my earlier post has pictures of all publicly known WIG vehicles. Channel 4 tv in the UK did a program and issued a booklet on them. The pic is of a German design (covered on the top with ripstop nylon?)

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Old Jul 23, 2002, 12:23 PM
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Airventure,
Where did you get that model for MSFS 2002? I've been looking around a few sites, but can't seem to find it.

Steve
Hey Steve,

I'm not too sure where I found it, but I'll keep my eye open for it. If I come upon I'll give you a PM of where you can find it, or I can send you a .zip of it if you like.
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Old Jul 23, 2002, 02:49 PM
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I found the guy's website. He has a lot of great and unusual planes, mostly Russian. http://copperbeard.narod.ru

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Old Jul 23, 2002, 05:22 PM
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I was wrong; the contact information on the Flightship page is in Australia. Guess we Yankees can't claim all of the good stuff, eh? http://www.flightship.net/products/

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Old Jul 23, 2002, 09:03 PM
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I stand corrected.
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