Ekranoplans – ground effect vehicles
Ekranoplans are half boats and half planes. As we know, water drag is greater than air drag. Waving a hand in the air it is easier for us than waving hand in water. Generally, the idea of ekranoplan design is that it is a vehicle with wings which travel just above the water. Thanks to this it travels much faster than the ship, because water resistance is omitted.
The following three examples of how such vehicles look including my favorite – the Caspian Leviathan monster and Bartini Beriev, VVA-14. Soviet Russia for many years will surprise people with its projects – interesting how someone could come up with such a project in their head but let’s move on.