Forget Supersonic—Let’s Make a Sea-Skimming Cargo Jet

Unread postPosted: 13 Nov 2016, 14:23
by KamenRiderBlade
https://www.wired.com/2016/11/forget-su ... cargo-jet/

Would there be value in making a cargo jet like this?
Are there enough remote islands with inhabited populations that would find this type of aircraft useful?

Re: Forget Supersonic—Let’s Make a Sea-Skimming Cargo Jet

Unread postPosted: 13 Nov 2016, 15:09
by count_to_10
The Soviets built a few of these to use on their internal seas: ekranoplan. I don't think it ended up being particularly economical.

Re: Forget Supersonic—Let’s Make a Sea-Skimming Cargo Jet

Unread postPosted: 13 Nov 2016, 15:41
by popcorn
count_to_10 wrote:The Soviets built a few of these to use on their internal seas: ekranoplan. I don't think it ended up being particularly economical.

The Caspian Sea Monster IIRC.

Re: Forget Supersonic—Let’s Make a Sea-Skimming Cargo Jet

Unread postPosted: 13 Nov 2016, 20:45
by sferrin
KamenRiderBlade wrote:https://www.wired.com/2016/11/forget-supersonic-lets-make-sea-skimming-cargo-jet/

Would there be value in making a cargo jet like this?
Are there enough remote islands with inhabited populations that would find this type of aircraft useful?


If there was they'd already exist.

Re: Forget Supersonic—Let’s Make a Sea-Skimming Cargo Jet

Unread postPosted: 14 Nov 2016, 00:12
by count_to_10
sferrin wrote:
KamenRiderBlade wrote:https://www.wired.com/2016/11/forget-supersonic-lets-make-sea-skimming-cargo-jet/

Would there be value in making a cargo jet like this?
Are there enough remote islands with inhabited populations that would find this type of aircraft useful?


If there was they'd already exist.

Well, they already exist, so, if they were useful, people would already be using them.

Re: Forget Supersonic—Let’s Make a Sea-Skimming Cargo Jet

Unread postPosted: 14 Nov 2016, 01:22
by popcorn

Re: Forget Supersonic—Let’s Make a Sea-Skimming Cargo Jet

Unread postPosted: 14 Nov 2016, 03:28
by arian
It is extremely cheap to ship cargo by boats already, but it takes longer. But the trade-off in cost vs time seems to favor cost. Also it is much cheaper to build a regular runway for regular planes that can be used anywhere, than to design a specialized airplane for places that lack a runway.

Re: Forget Supersonic—Let’s Make a Sea-Skimming Cargo Jet

Unread postPosted: 14 Nov 2016, 14:13
by sferrin
count_to_10 wrote:
sferrin wrote:
KamenRiderBlade wrote:https://www.wired.com/2016/11/forget-supersonic-lets-make-sea-skimming-cargo-jet/

Would there be value in making a cargo jet like this?
Are there enough remote islands with inhabited populations that would find this type of aircraft useful?


If there was they'd already exist.

Well, they already exist, so, if they were useful, people would already be using them.


Yeah, that's pretty much what I meant. The technology has been there forever, but if nobody is using them there's probably a good reason. Like supersonic transports.

Re: Forget Supersonic—Let’s Make a Sea-Skimming Cargo Jet

Unread postPosted: 05 Jul 2017, 16:19
by SpudmanWP

Re: Forget Supersonic—Let’s Make a Sea-Skimming Cargo Jet

Unread postPosted: 05 Jul 2017, 18:50
by neptune



.....Spruce Goose??..The Hughes H-4 Hercules
:wink:

Re: Forget Supersonic—Let’s Make a Sea-Skimming Cargo Jet

Unread postPosted: 05 Jul 2017, 22:42
by count_to_10
Maybe someone will set me straight here, but I find it hard to believe that flying in ground effect at sea level allows for enough reduction in drag over flying at altitude to make up for the slower speed.