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An ekranoplan is an aircraft specifically designed to fly in (and only in) ground effect

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Is a supersonic ekranoplan possible? Would mach 1+ would disable ground effect?

An ekranoplan takes advantage of ground effect to make it "fly" very economically. Is it possible for an eraknoplan to fly at the speed of sound, how does ground effect work at such high ...
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Sea-Going Ground-Effect Vehicle

Is a Ground-effect vehicle (a.k.a. ekranoplan) practical in seas near the coast (e.g. the US East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf of Mexico)? I'm looking for a practicality answer, like, nope, cannot be ...
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What were the L/D ratio of the A-90 Orlyonok at its different operational atlitudes?

The A-90 Orlyonok was designed to operate in ground effect (altitude significantly lower than its wingspan). If I understand correctly, when in ground effect, the L/D ratio is better due to induced ...
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Is an ekranoplan less efficient than a regular plane? [closed]

This are my conclusions upon researching the matter: Ground effect is the cushion of air that can not escape down because of the ground. The hovercraft creates that cushion using a skirt which ...
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