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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it looks like a thunderbird!
Uthael Kileanea
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Poor guy, died before he could realize his dream. Limited by time and money. His dream wasn't a selfish one and would benefit science and technology in years to come. Truly a shame. OH, WELL! At least B2-Spirit (my profile pic) made it into reality. And was proven so successful they went and re-engineered it for an upgrade. Now imagine an all-altitude amphibious stealth VTOL plane which could use that ground effect for fuel efficiency. It doesn't even have to be a bomber (>20t of payload btw). Make it a passenger plane. Or a cruiser for tourists with pervy things like opening the stealth surface to reveal transparent top and bottom, for watching the sky and sea surface. And even open that when stationary for docking of private aircraft and submarines.
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Can you make a video about the X-15? Great video BTW
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The burly whorl unsurprisingly blush because kayak prognostically cry before a noxious volleyball. homeless, uppity door
Arch Archer
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I remember back in the day I played Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater on playstation 2 and I learned from that game what a ground effect vehicle was. I learned the concept there and then. Ah...good old times.
Richard Smith
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The genius and creativity of the Russian people is unmatched. It is truely a shame their government is too corrupt and broke for any of it to become reality.
Egor Amaturova
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Back when Aircraft industry is creative and outside the box. Now the aircraft industry is extremely lazy, with nothing exotic anymore, just all the same boring jets. I kinda think if the Soviet union didnt fall, there would more exotic stuff for us to see.
Creative Engineer
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I always wondered what that thing was but I only found on image of it. This video helps alot
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YES!! Just Yes! I was aware of the VVA-14 before, but never would have even hoped to find it on your channel. How cool ist that?!
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The carrier version looks like something straight out of Command & Conquer. Very cool.
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Love ur content.
Денис Ким
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Where is russian subtitles
Owen Sanderson
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Can you do a video about the ilyushin il-76
Wade Anderson
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Bartini vs Waves... Waves win.
Jason Lynch
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big dummy, turbo jets you say? it says turbo fans on the drawing
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Hey umm i just saw a video about United having supersonic planes on their fleet
Iron Cross
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Good plane Comrade Bartini.
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Lookin like an x wing
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Edgar Joseph G. Laudencia
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Because they don't want you know that that's the truth. It is made by aliens lol.
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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.
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reminds me of planet Jupiter, Glory to King Zeus!
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Kirov reporting
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So no one is going to talk about how the channel name is literally 'Mustard'?
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Looks like something out of halo
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-Do you want to engineer an airplane, an helicopter or a hovercraft? -DA.
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how can this plane be in METAL GEAR SOLID 3 finale escape .. kojima is f***king genius
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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.
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Ground effect: exists Soviet Union: it's free real estate
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Happy Feet
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There is the rest of one of them at Monino museum in Moscow
Rico Andrade
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Incredible video. Production value is top!!
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Bruh the american osprey could have done the same mission than this big thing
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Arghhh- metal gear....
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Dang it I missed two episodes i really gotta sub
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The X-15 next
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Make a video about the XB-70 maybe?
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Good Lord! Why can I push the like button only once!?
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He was Just borned in a Wrong Country....
Ranko Orović
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He was born in Italy.
Tha R
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I didn't watch , just disliked video
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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.
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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
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When the video starts and you mistake a pair of pontoons for a screw drive...
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Ground effect: exists Soviet Union: it's free real estate
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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
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A comparison between the VVA-14 and the Ekranoplan would be nice
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jet fighter
Chese broger
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looks like a metal slug boss tbh
John B
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The first iteration of the hercules star lifter c2....
Ian Graves
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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.
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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
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Captain rogers put it down
Lynn O
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Ekranoplan is the Leviathan and Bartini is the Chimera
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dat production quality tho
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Crash into the sea!
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Those visualisations required a bit of effort, bravo to the artists involved :)
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The only stat that counts about this bird... it did in fact do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs ✨🌠
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@gkool I love to educate. Thank you for giving me the opportunity :)
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@paul sharp thank you Sheldon
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A parsec is a measure of distance not of time :)
blind fredy
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A man ahead of his time.
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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
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why 1 wing is longer then the other?
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If this became real then we could of had speed carriers
Фёдор Сусанин
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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?
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@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
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@slkjvlkfsvnls dfhgdght Are you really interested?
slkjvlkfsvnls dfhgdght
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@Ranko Orović ok, what are their problems?
Ranko Orović
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Because they look good only on the drawing board,simulations and animations.The number off problems they have is incredible.
Jack Nguyen
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It’s look like Virgin Galactic Spaceship
Dalek 2150
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Perhaps this man was inspiration for Gerry Anderson aircraft.
Utkarsh Satish
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Could you use ground effect on the clouds?
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Soviets goal in aircraft was single handedly functionality and not beauty
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This channel is a good example of what a real quality looks like. Amazing
Apurva Mishra
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Where do you find this cool shit. Kudos !!
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I've never ben so happy and proud to see a video go viral. Godspeed Mustard
German Roldán
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I'm amazed by the beautiful and realistic graphics. Great work!
Big Boss Heisenberg
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Metal Gear Solid 3 anyone????
Josef Gordon
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Love these Cold War megaprojects. Forget about pushing the the envelope, everyone was trying to blow it up with a railgun.
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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
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The Soviets really had wild imaginations!
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Does anyone else think that the aircraft carrier looks like Thunderbird 2?
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Bloody hell . Those Rooskies were aeronautical meisters. Love the grfx on these videos - amazing .
Basic Player
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This machine looks amazing! But it's kind of sad he died before he could make these..
Basic Player
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But that might be a good thing.. Time does get messy if stuff does happen when it's not supposed to..
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looks like a sea turtle
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это экраноплан. Какай нахер аиркрафт?
Lanciarules 6 dagar sedan
Bartini was italian
Panzer Of The Lake
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I rlly want to see a real one doe
lekarz plagi
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that is not that stupid
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