One Of The Most Unusual Airplanes Of All Time - The Ekranoplan
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One of the most unusual aircrafts of all time, the Sovjet-built 'Ekranoplan' can carry 50% more weight than a conventional plane and uses half the fuel to do so.

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An Ekranoplan is a vehicle resembling an aircraft, but which operates solely on the principle of the "ground effect" - the increased lift and decreased aerodynamic drag that an aircraft's wings generate when they are close to a fixed surface.   The Russian-built "KM" from the 1960s is over 330 ft (100 meters) long, weighs 540 tons (fully loaded) and travels at a speed of over 250 mph (400 km/h).  
A video clip from the aviation history documentary series "Wings" (Discovery Channel).   Wiki articles:   Ekranoplan   Ground effect in aircraft
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