Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Weird Soviet Plane VVA-14

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This is one of the weirdest exhibit of the Air Force Museum in Monino, the Moscow Region: a Bartini plane that was turned into an ekranoplan. Today we’ll study the exterior of the vehicle.



The wings and the empennage are dosmantled, no engines are left. VVA-14 was made on the basis of an amphibian project MVA-62 developed in 1962. The main constructor – R.L. Bartini. Both the amphibian and its creator were quite unusual for their time.

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The cab’s nose, we can see mounts for auxiliary lift engines which were used in the attempts to make an ekranoplan from VVA-14.

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Heavy “pits”

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MVA-62 became a basis for designing a bigger anti-submarine vertical takeoff amphibian VVA-14.The plan gave lots of reasons for doubts but was too revolutionary not to give it a try.

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The back view, do you sea a hatch?

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The right end of the aft body, someone tried to bite it?

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The left was bitten off

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VVA-14 had to become a part of an aviation anti-submarine complex consisting of the plane itslef, target search and track system “Burevestnik”, anti-submarine weapon and the afloat fuelling system. The complex was intended for search and destruction of submarines located 1200-1500 km away.

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The left side

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Wings attaching point

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Pontoons

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VVA-14 represented the whole complex of unusual technical solutions and each of them demanded a lot of engineering efforts before test flights.

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The cabin’s view from the portside.

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For the tests of the control system, there were made two piloting stands: with a movable and a stationary cabins.

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Another view.

A fuselage of a semimonoqoque structure turning to a center-section. In the forebody is a three seater cabin.

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Before turning into an ekranoplan

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Various hatches

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The attaching point of the right empennage group

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Part of the cowling shutter

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Pontoon – the rear view

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Another rear view

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Looks like a mount attachment for transportation and wings dismantling

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The cowling shutter from the outer side of the pontoon

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Some devices under the cabin

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The view from under the cab

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A ready ekranoplan

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A rear view from the left side

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Cowling shutter

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The cabin

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The pontoons and their retraction-extansion system is just filled with various unique devices.

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The forepart chassis

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Its rear view

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The cavity for forepart chassis retraction

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Main gear

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The cavity for its retraction

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Side gear

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The left one

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The right one

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Looks fragile

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Cavity for their retraction

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Ekranoplan layout

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The tail hatch

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The bottom view from the rear

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Cavities in the pontoons

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The hatch inside of the pontoon

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The hole in the left tail-end

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Main engines frame

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Lift engines frame

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Left main wing

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Ports inside

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Empennage

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Another one

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The results of VVA-14 tests gave a huge experience and important data that were further used for the development of the largest amphibian A-40 “Albatros”.

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