Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Russian Ekranoplan "Lun"

This "Wing In Ground-Effect" or WIG craft was the second of its type, the Lun. It was under construction at the time of the fall of the Soviet Union and although 90% complete it was never finished. The link takes you to a Russian language blog with a lot of up close and personal shots of this fascinating 400 ton vehicle. Designed as a troop carrier and missile launcher, it could reach 550 knots over water or relatively flat land.

Just as interesting is the decaying environment where the Lun rests. It has a post-Apocalyptic feel that reminds me of City 17 in the game Half-Life 2.  Or certain parts of Detroit.

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