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Old 11-04-2009, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by jleslie48 View Post
what I don't understand is why the need to carry the big engines for liftoff in a civilian ferry/designated route scenario. I see these crafts very useful if they had planned routes, and instead of massive engines to overcome the takeoff drag of the water, they launched in a horizontal sled fashion on land, and then lifted to ground effect before leaving the "catapult". This would allow much smaller engines to be required and would be perfect for long designated ferry routes or shipping cargo routes.
Imagine a construction able to launch Ekranoplan with its 400 000kg weight.

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