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Old 06-17-2008, 06:10 AM
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Not really. The main difference was the the H-4 Hercules was intended to be able to fly like a plane, even though this was never achieved because of the lack of engines with enough power at the time. However, it did prove the concept that the aerodynamic principles that allow flight are not limited by the size of the aircraft.

The ekranoplan was a different beast. It wasn't intended for flight like a plane the way the H-4 was. It was intended only to skim across a surface. Lift was intended to be achieved by the air pressure created when a wing is close to the ground restricting the area through which air could flow. It was not designed to be able to maintain lift above the ground effect region. The H-4 on the other hand was supposed to be able to maintain lift above the ground effect region (provided that the engines were powerful enough).
So it was a bigger, badder Herc?
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So it was a bigger, badder Herc?
More like a bigger badder alternative to this:
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More like a bigger badder alternative to this:
NICE!! I LIKE!! Never had the pleasure of traveling on that!
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I've only seen one in action once, doing circles around the ships coming into Seattle for our version of Fleet Week.

Here's a photo of an ekranoplan in flight:


As you can see, just like the Navy ACV, the ekranoplan is designed to ride over a cushion of air. The main difference is that instead of a skirt, the ekranoplan uses short wings.
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I've only seen one in action once, doing circles around the ships coming into Seattle for our version of Fleet Week.

Here's a photo of an ekranoplan in flight:


As you can see, just like the Navy ACV, the ekranoplan is designed to ride over a cushion of air. The main difference is that instead of a skirt, the ekranoplan uses short wings.
NEAT!! Is that gun turrets, or missle launchers on the top???
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Those are missile tubes. Unlike the US which typically uses small subsonic cruise missiles, the Soviets tended to use large supersonic cruise missiles.
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Those are missile tubes. Unlike the US which typically uses small subsonic cruise missiles, the Soviets tended to use large supersonic cruise missiles.
Was it a pain to fire them mounted like that?
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I've never heard of any problems that were specific to the launchers. Only one was ever built and entered service, but ultimately it was never deployed. A second one was planned to be redesigned for submarine search and rescue operations, but it was never completed as far as I know.

In any case, the basic launcher design is pretty typical of most launcher systems on Russian ships.
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I've never heard of any problems that were specific to the launchers. Only one was ever built and entered service, but ultimately it was never deployed. A second one was planned to be redesigned for submarine search and rescue operations, but it was never completed as far as I know.

In any case, the basic launcher design is pretty typical of most launcher systems on Russian ships.
Hmm not that familar with Russian airships. I assume this is old Soviet technology?
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Well not Russian airships, but Naval ships like this Slava class cruiser
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