This 5.5-ton Russian military hovercraft landed on the beach of the Baltic Sea port city Kaliningrad, between Poland and Lithuania, where people were out enjoying their day. A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, speaking with Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda, made it sound like the situation was caused by the people on the beach, instead of the hovercraft: "What people were doing on a beach in a region of military training is not clear," he said.
The people actually do seem pretty relaxed. Maybe this is a regular thing at the spot.
This is 550 tons, not 5.5 tons! Look at the size of it. 500000 kg according to the link in the article.
Thank you, chromodynamics. Took the words right out of my mouth.
Incidentally, a 5.50-tonne hovercraft looks quite different: www.fe23.co.uk/alleg/TopGearHoverVan.jpg
There is a 700 page book, with 450 pictures, (also available on Kindle), called 'On a Cushion of Air', (www.Amazon.com or www.thebookdepository.com), which tells the story of Christopher Cockerell's discovery that heavy weights could be supported on a cushion of low pressure air, and the development of the hovercraft by those who were there, from the very early days through to the heyday of the giant 165-ton SRN.4, which crossed the English Channel starting in 1968 carrying 30 cars and 254 passengers at speeds in excess of 75 knots on a calm day. It was subsequently widened to carry 36 cars and 280 passengers with an A.U.W. of 200 tones and was later lengthened to an A.U.W of 325 tons and capable of carrying 55 cars and 424 passengers. The amazing point was that from 165 tons to 325 tons only 400 extra hp was required, although a bit of speed was sacrificed, proving conclusively that Christopher Cockerell's theory was sound.
Sadly, for economic reasons, the service came to an end on 1st October 2000. In total 6 SR.4s were built and the two remaining ones are in the Hovercraft Museum at Lee-on-Solent. See www.onacushionofair.com
This looks VERY phoney to me - nice editing job to the creator, but not real.
Russia is between the West,where life is precious,and the Far East,where an individual life is cheap,so the Russians are not too concerned with individual lives,except perhaps when it suits their propaganda needs.Look at the millions Stalin threw away in WW2.