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

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Unread post13 Nov 2016, 14:23

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?
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Unread post13 Nov 2016, 15:09

The Soviets built a few of these to use on their internal seas: ekranoplan. I don't think it ended up being particularly economical.
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Unread post13 Nov 2016, 15:41

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.
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Unread post13 Nov 2016, 20:45

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.
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Unread post14 Nov 2016, 00:12

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.
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Unread post14 Nov 2016, 01:22

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Unread post14 Nov 2016, 03:28

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.
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Unread post14 Nov 2016, 14:13

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.
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.....Spruce Goose??..The Hughes H-4 Hercules
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Unread post05 Jul 2017, 22:42

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.
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