Aviation Photo #0999351 Beriev Bartini VVA 14 - Russia - Air Force

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The remains of a rescue ground-effect hydroplane. The wings are missing, that's why it looks more like some sort of catamaran than an aircraft.
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Photo Added: February 06, 2006

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Anonymous
12 years ago
Nice photo of one of the ugliest things I've ever laid eyes on. Look more like an alien spacecraft or a supersonic hovercraft than an airplane.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Terrific photo of a bygone-era relic
Anonymous
12 years ago
Looks awesome
Anonymous
12 years ago
Incredible Russian monster! Unbelievable that this thing can fly...
Thanks for sharing!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Along time ago... in a galaxy far far away... Looks more alien than earthly. Amazing that it can fly at all. Wonder what it looks like with wings attached?
Anonymous
12 years ago
I have to say, I never seen this one before... But when I would see it on a non-aviation site I don't think this is an airplane. I tought it is a UFO... But nice shot...
Anonymous
12 years ago
Crazy Russians and their ground effect aircraft. Only the Russians would think of an aircraft that can only fly a few feet off the ground!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Why does this thing remind me of the big German plane that chopped up the guy Indy was fighting in Raiders of the Lost Ark?

Freaky.
Anonymous
12 years ago
I wish i could see it in action. That´s an An-22 ahead of it if you guys wonder. T.B.
Anonymous
12 years ago
Amazingly attractive in an ugly-duckling kind of way... especially if its engines were in their correct locations, I think it's eerily reminiscent of Burt Rutan's White Knight - something like its older, fatter uncle?

Anonymous
12 years ago
This thing is so bulky that it seems like it couldn't fly even if it did have wings, great photo!
Anonymous
12 years ago
From outer space ???
Anonymous
12 years ago
It was probably way ahead of its time. Do you remember the Boeing study for a very heavy transport? Ground effect! Did you ever fly an ordinary aircraft very low level? You must have noticed the significant performance increase. Ever had a look at helicopter hover performance? Ground effect! These things will come back. Or maybe I'm retarding..
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very strange aircraft... Where have you found it?
Anonymous
5 years ago
I think even as a catamaran it would be great! What a fantastic airplane!

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