48 A Weird Soviet Plane VVA-14

A Weird Soviet Plane VVA-14

Posted on September 6, 2010 by team

A Weird Soviet Plane VVA-14 1

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. There is pretty much chances you have never heard of this type of planes “Ekranoplanes”. They are unique to Russia and today you’ll become a bit more smarter by seeing something truly unique which is a less known part of our civilization.


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48 Responses to “A Weird Soviet Plane VVA-14”

  1. tth says:

    Starwars hypothetical spaceship design is now real ! Long life too the Millennium Falcon brother !

    And many thanks to you, at englishrussia, for all that nice pics…

  2. russia_bound says:

    Cool concept for aircraft. Very cool pictures. Thanks for the upload…

  3. George O. Riley says:

    Never does man show greater ingenuity than in devising more efficient ways of killing his fellow man.

  4. Chris says:

    Yeah, but did it every fly?

  5. Spooker says:

    It is a pity that not a single effort by the museum to restore the plane even to the modest degree.
    It is a fantastic design with an unfortunate end.
    And is not an ekranoplan but yes, it uses the WIG effect.
    Cool so cool, but that kind of plane should not end like that. I see pictures before of VVA-14 but never so close thanks. That end is unfair I insist.
    I wish I could do something to restore it.

  6. SSSR says:

    Where is Luke and R2?

  7. NotAPlane says:

    It’s boat, not a plane.

  8. Ivo says:

    That amazing.

    I wonder how much money have this people spent for this!!!

  9. Testicules says:

    I’d pay to have one. It would be great for fishing.

  10. Ivana Benderova says:

    This is not antique aircraft. It is Aeroflot awaiting departure this day from Monino to St. Petersburg.

  11. George Johnson says:

    Looks like the wings on that thing were VERY small compared to the rest of the plane.

    • Pigeon says:

      That’s the idea, it’s a ground effect machine (ekranoplan) ie. it takes advantage of the increased lift you get when flying sufficiently close to the surface, so it only needs small wings. Check out the other ekranoplan pages on this site.

  12. Donnageddon says:

    Looks like a Firefly spacecraft.

  13. Grinya says:

    Don’t be fool… it’s not a plane!

  14. OKya says:

    yea this is a nice aircraft mates


  15. Tom says:

    That’s one of the most bizarre looking planes I’ve ever seen! How much of this cool stuff does Russia have? When America has tested so many “top secret aircraft” over the years, it really makes you wonder what kind of stuff the Russians have been looking into also!

  16. Google It says:

    Yes it is a plane, and yes apparently it did fly. Better images of the original with the wings on. http://www.testpilot.ru/russia/bartini/vva/vva_e.htm

    • Sergey says:

      Thanks for the link. Here, he really looks like a plane. A dismemberment at the museum – one disgrace, you’d better do not show.

  17. scot says:

    I love that…. Get a load of old planes, leave them in a field to rot….and then call it a “Museum” Dear God…

  18. Byron76 says:

    Very strange bird, i hope the staff of Monino Museum could get all the parts together and restore it for exhibition.
    Great pictures.
    Regards from Argentina.

  19. Pr0j3ct_D1gp says:

    There Is no one here beside me that know exactly what that plane is ???
    Actually here The Aircraft has been cut in piece ‘cuz the wing are not there
    It’s more called a WIG (Wing In Ground-effect)
    A WIG boat is a boat with wings that cruises just above the water surface, it is floating on a cushion of relatively high-pressure air between its wing and the water surface. This cushion is created by the aerodynamic interaction between the wing and the surface, called ground effect. This is where a WIG boat is different from an aircraft, it cannot operate without ground effect, so its operating height is limited relative to its size

    As You Escaped with Snake And Eva in The Metal Gear Solid 3 Opus on Playstation 2 your in a WIG
    This is exactly a complete version of the VVA-14

  20. GNIK AREA says:

    You shoulda shown a diagram of it with the wings attached, otherwise it just looks confusing!!

  21. i don’t think Air Force Museum would do such a careless maintenance..

  22. Typepad says:

    i don’t think that it could ever fly, too big and without an aerodynamic design

    • tushan says:

      yeah, they just slapped it together for kicks after a bong or two. It was 60s after all. The designer even died in the process, that being so funny and all

  23. carlos trujillo says:


  24. It looks like something out of star wars or perhaps a new Japanese model futuristic car design

  25. gigi says:

    It’s not a plane, it’s a high speed boat.

  26. Muzzlehatch says:

    Looks vaguely like the derelict spaceship in “Alien”.

  27. Wayne Johnson says:

    I like the concept and the capabilities however to copy a soldier at war with a camouflage colour this place need to be camouflage by the sea in another word a sub-plane to copy a surface to air missile to allow for copying a doctor with a trumpet with Bill gate below the surface ETC ASAP

  28. ttt123 says:

    You a lie in site name.
    This site not englishrussia
    – englishsovietunion(bloody-Red army star & ets .SU artifacts), all 70 years killed or GULAG terrored russia’ns peoples.

  29. 179499725 says:

    It‘s crazy!

  30. Hilário Miguel Tulimehafo says:

    Isto é muito fantastico parece-me um Cagado. Russia para sempre.

  31. louisn says:

    Irreplaceable relics at the mercy of the elements! Was there earlier this year. Monino charges rb300 (US$4) per person. They should at least charge five times that and get some funds to pamper their exhibits (and staff!)

  32. Sameer says:

    Was it built to fly or float?

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