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Spruce Goose rides again

Dana381

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So DARPA is trying to build a new plane to do what the Spruce Goose was built to do. History may not repeat itself but it sure rhymes.
 

lenaitch

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I think what the article is referring to is the Soviet 'Ekranoplan'.


I wonder what kind of sea states a 'wings in ground effect' craft could handle and how much it would replace/compliment heavy lift aircraft in terms of strategic movement.
 

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I think what the article is referring to is the Soviet 'Ekranoplan'.


I wonder what kind of sea states a 'wings in ground effect' craft could handle and how much it would replace/compliment heavy lift aircraft in terms of strategic movement.
The article said up to sea state 5
 

Dana381

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I think what the article is referring to is the Soviet 'Ekranoplan'.


I wonder what kind of sea states a 'wings in ground effect' craft could handle and how much it would replace/compliment heavy lift aircraft in terms of strategic movement.

The article was talking about the soviet ground effect planes but DARPA's idea is more similar to the H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose). The H-4 never flew out of ground effect and some people wonder if it could have when fully loaded.

The soviet Lun was a missiles truck and not a heavy transport like the H-4.
 
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