The Strangest Aircraft Ever Built: The Soviet Union's VVA-14 

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As an aircraft designer, physicist, astronomer, philosopher, painter and musician, Robert Bartini is often described as a genius ahead of his time. Throughout his life, he designed over 60 aircraft and made significant contributions to Soviet aviation. Although most of Bartini’s aircraft designs never left the drawing board, many of his aeronautical innovations were incorporated into production aircraft.

In 1965, Bartini was given a rare opportunity to realize the full potential of one of his concepts. With the emergence of American Polaris missile submarines, the Soviet Union needed a new kind of aircraft to respond. Bartini proposed building the ultimate submarine hunter. Designated as the VVA-14, it would be a truly unique and innovative aircraft. With a catamaran-like fuselage it would be optimized to fly within the ground effect (like other ekranoplan of the era), giving it endurance needed to fly long-range missions. It would also have wings so that it could fly like a conventional airplane if needed. Bartini would equip the VVA-14 with both a conventional landing gear for runways and a unique inflatable pontoon system to give it amphibious capabilities. Ten lift jets would allow for vertical take-off and landings (VTOL) from any kind of surface, giving the aircraft the ability to operate from the even most harsh and remote regions of the Soviet Union. Development would stretch nearly a decade, but like Bartini himself, the VVA-14’s design would end up being a little too ahead of it's time.

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16. juli. 2021





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NightCoder 33 minutter siden
It looks abandoned because they found alien eggs inside.
Vince Abbott
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Stunning documentary and awesome graphics, never even knew this plane existed, thanks for bringing it to my attention.
Markus Puschert
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Oh that´s where the plans for the Serenity are coming from ;) (And the Avengers giant flying thingy as well i guess gg)
Matthew Trabue
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Love this aircraft! #1 for me!
Christopher Sabo
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a version of this was designed for military use in the USSR some converted for civilian use. And a bunch are designed solely for civilian use. These vehicles are called ekranoplan. Some were literally designed to be super fast high speed armored troop carriers
Massimo Anzon
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Roberto Oros di Bartini was an Italian Engineer from noble origin. He studied at the University "Regio Politecnico" in Milan, than escaped to the Soviet Union beacuse of his political persuasions.
thousand points of light
reminds me of planet Jupiter, Glory to King Zeus!
Zenovarse 10 timer siden
Kirov reporting
Avraham Baruch
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Unfortunately, genocidal thermonuclear WW3 is not too far away, please follow the latest news at "Countdown World News" page of RKK Book website. Humankind has been playing with nuclear fire since 1945, and the bottom line is, if we continue doing so, this fire will consume us one day. Now is the time to turn to God-given wisdom and make the only right step as it might be too late to do so tomorrow. We have responsibility to take a good care of our children and ensure they have a future.
Lin Kuei Dragon
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So no one is going to talk about how the channel name is literally 'Mustard'?
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وليد الشواف
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لا تضعوا الموسيقى لأنها حرام قال الله تعالى ((( ومن الناس من يشتري لهوا الحديث ليضل عن سبيل الله ))) .الأية. وقال النبي محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم: (ليكونن من أمتي أقوام يستحلون الحِر والحرير والخمر والمعازف ). رواه البخاري معلقاً بصيغة الجزم . الواجب عدم وضعها
6インチ 18 timer siden
Looks like something out of halo
T i
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not sure if someone else has made this correction but the word for crossing oceans is "traverse" not "transverse"
dcoog anml
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-Do you want to engineer an airplane, an helicopter or a hovercraft? -DA.
Max DZaster
Max DZaster Dag siden
how can this plane be in METAL GEAR SOLID 3 finale escape .. kojima is f***king genius
Gankatron 5000
Gankatron 5000 Dag siden
This video does highlight the double standards present in world politics, such as how the US took a hard line in 1962 against the Russian deployment of nuclear missiles in Cuba within striking distance of the mainland, and yet what often gets left out of the bigger picture is that by 1961 the US not only had submarines armed with nuclear missiles surrounding their coastlines, but also deployed nuclear missiles in Turkey and Italy completely encircling Russia with nuclear strike capabilities.
Burak Kartoflany
Happy Feet
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There is the rest of one of them at Monino museum in Moscow
Rico Andrade
Rico Andrade Dag siden
Incredible video. Production value is top!!
RaDK012 Dag siden
Bruh the american osprey could have done the same mission than this big thing
Judd Hack
Judd Hack Dag siden
Arghhh- metal gear....
KingOfJustice Dag siden
Dang it I missed two episodes i really gotta sub
Joachim Paulsen
Joachim Paulsen Dag siden
The X-15 next
Joachim Paulsen
Joachim Paulsen Dag siden
Make a video about the XB-70 maybe?
MrRickillo Dag siden
Good Lord! Why can I push the like button only once!?
Mashiro Shiina
Mashiro Shiina Dag siden
He was Just borned in a Wrong Country....
Ranko Orović
Ranko Orović Dag siden
He was born in Italy.
Tha R
Tha R Dag siden
I didn't watch , just disliked video
taln0reich Dag siden
I'm more interested in the civilian application mentioned, the cargo-ground-effect vehicle that has the load of a conventional cargo-ship and the speed of an aircraft. Just imagine what could be done with something like that.
Gnomezonbacon Dag siden
This will put a smile on the faces of the enemy. They will think it's a huge robot dildo flying towards them.
Sean D.G
Sean D.G Dag siden
When the video starts and you mistake a pair of pontoons for a screw drive...
eioshen boboi
eioshen boboi Dag siden
Ground effect: exists Soviet Union: it's free real estate
NRG Dag siden
Is this nile red? 🤔
John Thomas
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10/10 for pronouncing ‘Moscow’ correctly. 999999 Americans in 1000000 can’t do what you just did. Moss-🐄 indeed! There’s no wonder that the entire world thinks that folks from the US are slack-jawed knuckle-draggers.
mags dunkl
mags dunkl 2 dager siden
A comparison between the VVA-14 and the Ekranoplan would be nice
eioshen boboi
eioshen boboi Dag siden
jet fighter
Chese broger
Chese broger 2 dager siden
looks like a metal slug boss tbh
John B
John B 2 dager siden
The first iteration of the hercules star lifter c2....
Ian Graves
Ian Graves 2 dager siden
He was of the same generation as Kelly Johnson who designed the Blackbird. Both these guys were so ahead of their time, that their designs still look futuristic some 60 years later.
whiteandnerdytuba 2 dager siden
The second time you said spacecraft my eyes fell out since they couldn’t roll any further back. It looks like an airplane and flies like an airplane
Mister sandwich
Mister sandwich 2 dager siden
Captain rogers put it down
Lynn O
Lynn O 2 dager siden
Ekranoplan is the Leviathan and Bartini is the Chimera
Vibing Cat
Vibing Cat 2 dager siden
dat production quality tho
thousand miles
thousand miles 2 dager siden
Crash into the sea!
Павел Федотов
Teh Wever
Teh Wever 2 dager siden
Those visualisations required a bit of effort, bravo to the artists involved :)
AqpleTV 2 dager siden
Aww, Mustard. Come on, man!
gkool 2 dager siden
The only stat that counts about this bird... it did in fact do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs ✨🌠
paul sharp
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@gkool I love to educate. Thank you for giving me the opportunity :)
gkool Dag siden
@paul sharp thank you Sheldon
paul sharp
paul sharp 2 dager siden
A parsec is a measure of distance not of time :)
blind fredy
blind fredy 2 dager siden
A man ahead of his time.
MrPrajitura 2 dager siden
Hey Mustard. I got randomly suggested one of your videos and I've enjoyed pretty much all of them. Any chance you could do one on the Harrier? Probably the most iconic VTOL jet fighter
dog guy
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Looks like fictional James Bond "moonraker 007"
Jeroen Derks
Jeroen Derks 2 dager siden
why 1 wing is longer then the other?
Koharumi 2 dager siden
If this became real then we could of had speed carriers
Фёдор Сусанин
некоторые Советские руководители, сами обгадились от страха, что они могут создать. Поэтому и валили концепцию на корню.
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if this aircraft design that takes advantage of the ground effect is so good, why haven't they become widespread for civilian transportation and such?
slkjvlkfsvnls dfhgdght
@Ranko Orović well, yeah. otherwise I would not have asked. however, I only want a short list of the major problems. not all of the problems. and it would also be nice if you can post a link with to a detailed article
Ranko Orović
Ranko Orović 2 dager siden
@slkjvlkfsvnls dfhgdght Are you really interested?
slkjvlkfsvnls dfhgdght
@Ranko Orović ok, what are their problems?
Ranko Orović
Ranko Orović 2 dager siden
Because they look good only on the drawing board,simulations and animations.The number off problems they have is incredible.
Jack Nguyen
Jack Nguyen 2 dager siden
It’s look like Virgin Galactic Spaceship
Dalek 2150
Dalek 2150 2 dager siden
Perhaps this man was inspiration for Gerry Anderson aircraft.
Utkarsh Satish
Utkarsh Satish 2 dager siden
Could you use ground effect on the clouds?
NiLpIL 2 dager siden
Soviets goal in aircraft was single handedly functionality and not beauty
NiLpIL 2 dager siden
This channel is a good example of what a real quality looks like. Amazing
Apurva Mishra
Apurva Mishra 2 dager siden
Where do you find this cool shit. Kudos !!
Pit Fiend AOW
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Suit Banter
Suit Banter 2 dager siden
I've never ben so happy and proud to see a video go viral. Godspeed Mustard
German Roldán
German Roldán 2 dager siden
I'm amazed by the beautiful and realistic graphics. Great work!
Big Boss Heisenberg
Big Boss Heisenberg 2 dager siden
Metal Gear Solid 3 anyone????
Josef Gordon
Josef Gordon 2 dager siden
Love these Cold War megaprojects. Forget about pushing the the envelope, everyone was trying to blow it up with a railgun.
bluegreen voyager
bluegreen voyager 2 dager siden
All I know is Eva flies Snake out of Tselinoyarsk in one of these WiGs just as the MiGs receive the RTB command. Then it was off to party all night... "Eva I need you!" -Snake
SantaFe19484 3 dager siden
The Soviets really had wild imaginations!
evilturnip 3 dager siden
Does anyone else think that the aircraft carrier looks like Thunderbird 2?
LordAxe 3 dager siden
Bloody hell . Those Rooskies were aeronautical meisters. Love the grfx on these videos - amazing .
Basic Player
Basic Player 3 dager siden
This machine looks amazing! But it's kind of sad he died before he could make these..
Basic Player
Basic Player 3 dager siden
But that might be a good thing.. Time does get messy if stuff does happen when it's not supposed to..
EnergeticWaves 3 dager siden
looks like a sea turtle
TELTOS 3 dager siden
это экраноплан. Какай нахер аиркрафт?
Lanciarules 3 dager siden
Bartini was italian
Panzer Of The Lake
Panzer Of The Lake 3 dager siden
I rlly want to see a real one doe
lekarz plagi
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that is not that stupid
Zuschauerquaeler 3 dager siden
actually the ground effect could make long distance solar airplanes possible
Breeze 3 dager siden
Thats pretty cool.
Scout339 3 dager siden
YESSS MORE GROUND EFFECT SHIPS. The engineer in me is very pleased.
bw Danicic
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지금도 수직이착륙이 어려운 기술임에도 저 설계사상은 가슴이 벅차오르게 만드네요
Troy Troyus
Troy Troyus 3 dager siden
Incredible... the content, pacing, visuals.... your best one yet!!!
Commander Eevee
Commander Eevee 3 dager siden
Where can I find the model for the Aircraft Carrier version of the VVA-14 used in the end of the video online. I want to get a better look at the thing.
Mohit Rathore
Mohit Rathore 3 dager siden
Bro your app is such a pain in my ass .... I having trying to sign to for last 2 day and that fucking app is showing my info wrong and in last 2 day I created 3 gmail and now I am unsubscribing you .... but great content
Bogdan Bogdanoff
Bogdan Bogdanoff 3 dager siden
who would use that? if it's advertised, it's probably a scam
richardj ellis
richardj ellis 3 dager siden
Looks like a THUNDERBIRD to me.!🤣!.
Deonex 3 dager siden
This design would be a great expansion of navy right now. Very versatile.
Erik Errikson
Erik Errikson 3 dager siden
To far ahead for its time, but love things like this. This still looks and feels like Sci fi.
opzz xsin
opzz xsin 3 dager siden
This aircraft never skipped Shoulder day .
Felix Indrajit
Felix Indrajit 3 dager siden
The beginning of the alien era
One Issue Voter
One Issue Voter 3 dager siden
It never did any of the things they said it would. The Valkyrie actually flew....
Bobberton Smivelton
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Maybe because back in those days it was hard to argue with the brass, the soviet leader's were very different, one wanted new changes, one didn't. It's a shame that the jet engine company didn't deliver the engines to them.
1 l
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I feel like he was a genius i still beleive in his concepts more time and money would of change or world
MrSlowestD16 3 dager siden
That carrier looks like something a 10 year old, or an anime artist drew. It's so bonkers compared to what exists. This era of soviet engineering was so awesome, IMO. Just absolutely wild ideas that the government was willing to throw tons of money at.
MrSlowestD16 2 dager siden
@opzz xsin I wonder if that would actually hurt this era. With all the modeling SW, it's going to be able to illustrate which parts of the design are terrible ideas (eg. high pressure or stress areas, bad flow, etc.). But without it the sky's the limit in terms of wonky ideas that will never work. "just strap more engines onto it, and keep doing that until it flies!" Here it was all capped by what you could draw, which I think lent to how crazy the ideas got. I feel like the SW would have been an extra layer of restrictions onto what was practically a free for all.
opzz xsin
opzz xsin 3 dager siden
Imagine if the man has CAD, FEA, and CFD software to help him. Or this aircraft redesigned with those tools today.
Вольдемар Сказочный
Горько на это смотреть, все достижения СССР просрали. Современная Россия государство тотальной лжи, питающееся остатками СССР.
No Name
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Как достижением может быть что то забракованное и отправленное на свалку истории?
booptidyscoop 3 dager siden
This aircraft never skipped Shoulder day .
Гойко Митич
Гойко Митич 3 dager siden
В детстве мы с одноклассниками играли в корпусе этой амфибии на поле с брошенными самолетами в Монино.
linia 3 dager siden
Bagus bangeeettt 🙏
Elliott Hirt
Elliott Hirt 3 dager siden
Bro the ground effect gives you the same size contdtraints as boats, just a cushion of air instead of displaced water
Axgoodofdunemaul 3 dager siden
How were they planning to keep these things fueled? Fleets of tanker ekranoplans?
toddhoward 3 dager siden
Bald and Bankrupts private jet
Alka tiwari
Alka tiwari 3 dager siden
7:15 this looks like a legit ace combat superweapon
some guy on the internet
Man I am speechless
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