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Soviet Superplane That Rattled Area 51

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:10:21 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Archived: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:33:19 -0400
Subject: Soviet Superplane That Rattled Area 51

Source: Wired.Com



The Soviet Superplane Program That Rattled Area 51
By Matthew Shechmeister

The Lun ekranoplan weighs 380 tons, has a 148-foot wingspan and
can launch six anti-ship missiles from flight. Or rather, it
could, before it was retired to a forlorn pier in southern

The dilapidated plane is the offspring of an even larger
prototype ship that so spooked the CIA in the 1960s that they
developed an unmanned drone to spy on it, an alleged program
detailed in the new book Area 51: An Uncensored History of
America=E2=80=99s Top Secret Military Base.

Deployed much later, in 1987, the Lun (a more contemporary
behemoth) was an improvement over the previous model. It
remained in service until the 1990s, when it was moth- balled by
the Russian military. The once-fearsome Lun will likely never
fly again and is now little more than a chunk of aerodynamic
scrap metal.

Alternately described as an amphibious aircraft or a flying
boat, the plane is a feat of engineering that has been reduced
to a footnote in aviation history. Read on for a look inside
this aging relic and the ambitious program that spawned it.

[More text, photos & videos at site]

Terry W. Colvin
Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand
Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand
http://tlc-brotherhood.net/TLCB_Forum.html ( guests welcome )
[Terry's Fortean & "Work" itty-bitty site]

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