Wednesday, December 30, 2009

MFS - Strange But True - Things / Other 12


Ground effect vehicle Aka Ekranoplan.A ground effect vehicle (GEV) is one that attains level flight near the surface of the Earth, made possible by a cushion of high-pressure air created by the aerodynamic interaction between the wings and the surface known as ground effect. Also known as a wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) vehicle, flarecraft, sea skimmer, ekranoplan, or wing-in-surface-effect ship (WISE), a GEV can be seen as a transition between a hovercraft and an aircraft. The International Maritime Organization, (IMO), has classified the GEV as a ship. A GEV differs from an aircraft in that it cannot operate without ground effect, so its operating height is limited relative to its wingspan.
In recent years a large number of different GEV types have evolved for both civilian and military use. However, these craft are not in wide use.Read more about them on MFS,with 2 videoclips.

1 comment:

  1. Very cool! I wanted to wish you and your family a happy and health New Year's. Best wishes to you and your family and continued success with MFS in 2010. Thank you so much for providing such great information and feedback in your comments.


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