Date: 31 Mar 2000 22:25:19 From: JF Mezei <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Some of the documentaries on aviation on TV make mention of the very large ground effect floatplane built by the russians, that can carry 1000 troups. They mention that it is a very efficient mode of transport. Are such planes truly much more efficient than regular planes ? Has there ever been any consideration for using such a plane for oceanic transport ? Could the capacity (cargo/pax) of such a plane be very significantly greater than a 747 ? While the plane could only serve cities with a harbour on the ocean, could it not be a cost effective transport that might be able to steal cargo traffic from ships and regular planes ? Or would weather/waves make such a plane unreliable/unusable for such oceanic journeys ?