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.
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.
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.
The back view, do you sea a hatch?
The right end of the aft body, someone tried to bite it?
The left was bitten off
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.
The left side
Wings attaching point