1 A Passenger Hovercraft from the Soviet Times

A Passenger Hovercraft from the Soviet Times

Posted on May 30, 2014 by tim

Water resistance is the main problem to overcome to increase the maximum speed of a ship. That is why hydrofoils and hovercrafts have appeared. An unlimited navigation season and high speed are the main advantages of a hovercraft that can move in summer and in winter alike. But also it has one big disadvantage. That is a fuel consumption due to the necessity of powerful engines for pumping air into the air cushion .

The gas-turbine hovercraft “Sormovich” was built in 1965. During the tests the “Sormovich” reached the speed of 120 km / h, and flew above the surface of the earth at a height of 0.25 – 0.3 m, it easily overcame the shallow water and came gently onto the beach.

After successful testing, the hovercraft  “Sormovich” was put into service as passenger transportation.


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One Response to “A Passenger Hovercraft from the Soviet Times”

  1. Sarah Robberts says:

    Soviet hovercraft and hydrofoils always looked cool. Forget about the economics for a moment, it just looks great. Like something Frank Hampson would come up with. Thanks, EnglishRussia!

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