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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  • The way you use your voice to mock the design wrecks the video. How about just giving us the story without the CNN style mockery? The Russians have had great remember, they beat us into space. This inventor had some good ideas that might have worked if the vertical take-off technology that came out later was available to him then. That's the story.

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  • it's a piece of sh*t. A product of a kid's imagination.

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  • If the VVA-14 wasn't designed to literally do everything it would probably have proven successful and then the technology could progress afterwards.

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  • That thing is a real Quinn Jet from the Avengers

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  • Holy shit. Imagine if that thing worked out, and what it would be like now after 50+ years of research and modifications to the design. Wow.

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    • Even a 100 years of work can't save the ground effect vehicles they are a waste of time and money.

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  • Amazing machine it would have been..

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  • I'd like to see someone build that giant carrier! 🤯😯

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  • The great Roberto bartini and one of the greatest stories

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  • Robert Bartini was Soviet Leonardo Da Vinci.

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  • The USSR had some good stuff. Russia today is the land that time forgot. Except for a few.

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  • Wow, wow, wow, author! Everybody knows that Soviet union developed everything as an act of pure, unjustified aggression, not as a response to unjustified aggression from US. Keep in mind, USSR was Empire of Evil! Not United Stated they constantly threaten and provoke them, no.

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  • Crazy man. Thought Russia will finally dictate the fashion of high technologies.

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  • This plane would be amazing in MS Flight Sim, where it's flaws could be minimized (VTOL, floats) and just be the plane it was supposed to be.

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  • Completely ridiculous I've never had any success whatsoever to this day Russia can't even build Harrier jet most ground effects ships Russia made they will fail

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  • It is the work of the great Italian-Soviet aircraft constructor Bartini.He was a great theorist,his ideas were ahead of time for decades,but none of his projects were built in metal,except only one long range bomber,which was released under other name"Er-2",because Bartini was in Stalin's prison that time. So this aircraft is some kind a gift for him - allow to build something unreal,despite can it fly or not.

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  • I mean soviet has failed because of ignoring any individuals needs and sadly the western style FIAT money monsters have taken over entire world w/o any respect for individuals in any measure:-(( There was stechnological run between espcially the US and Soviets where a lot of ideas were transfered afterward for humans usage. Just imagine, the first jet engines were implimented on war planes etc. First sattelites were espionage ones and not for tele communication etc. etc..

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  • I'm surprised that there is not a model of this available, since all of the German paper project "what-if" aircraft have accompanying kits.

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  • Insanely astonishing.

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  • "I am limited by the technology of my time." -Bartini, probably

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  • Gotta Give it to the Soviet , they truly Think big.

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  • Really interesting piece on this design totally brought to life with excellent VFX and 3D modelling.

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  • Born way too early, guy would have designed literal space fleets

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  • It's impossible to believe this technology was abandoned by the Soviets and not copied by America . Thanks for this awesome video .

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  • This the thing Naked Snake & EVA use to escape in MGS3 correct?

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  • Who were they kidding with that civilian paint job. Oh that? that's just a normal, run of the mill passenger jet.

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  • I would love to see the ground lift concept used again!

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  • Reminds me of the LUN, another type of ground effect ship. The Caspian Sea Monster was similar as well.

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  • just how.... how you make those beautiful life like 3D models

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  • looks like from space but used to be hunt submarine on water

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  • What an imposing stance when looked from the front - the enemy platoon along with commander would give up merely upon seeing a giant wild cat with paws in a hunting demeanor approach speeding towards them with two tonnes of weaponry waiting to catch you with your pants out, flying so low that the ten turbojets sounds would add up as the perfect horror background score to this giant - if that is not an insanely batshit craziest and yet the most stunning of Soviet engineering feat ever - I don't know what else is. And to know the fact that they are yet to declassify most of the pre-cold war era operations, projects and feats - Soviets were the mightiest - their influence over the technological world is still very much active. Mother Russia - you eternal beauty!

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  • Think a carrier like that would work as a stealth plane?

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  • the reason it wasn't continued is because it just doesn't work~

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  • Them animations tho...

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  • Sounds like they didn't want this revolutionary technology developed and bought out to the public.

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    • @shaun douglas The engines were a problem but not because they were half arsed but because they had a problem with salt water because after every flight the salt would fill the engine so much that it required 25-30 hours of cleaning the engine in order for it to take an 1 hour flight. And that isn't even the biggest problem.

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    • @shaun douglas China actually has a prototype of an ekranoplan but it has disappeared since it was last spotted on google earth Safe to say it didn’t work out for them either

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    • @Liew Not disagreeing with you, but it sure sounded like the Russians approached this aircrafts engines half arsed with a company that had to much else going on to commit any sort of decent effort for the desired outcome. Has anyone really and i mean really put any major funding and works to actually look into this? As it seems in this particular instance that was not the case.

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    • @shaun douglas No one went half assed It’s just a shitty concept with too many problems Only place ekranoplanes are being used in are island to island travel which is far from the ambitious ocean crossing and faster than planes

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  • This Plane just a bit looks like 【 Flying Pancake 】From Video Game : Strikers 1945 II .

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  • If this guy had been born in the West then this would have been a completely different story

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    • He was born in Italy,is that west enough?

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    • Yeah, differnt because it would never be accepted

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  • I believe the Russians are back into development of these types of aircraft.

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  • I'm sure that civilian paint job fooled everyone.

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    • Yeah, looks like a perfectly normal aircraft with this painting

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  • It looks like spaceship in future

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  • It looks like some seriously deformed metal flying chicken

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  • Looks like it came from German aircraft designers of world War 2 especially some of the more experimental jets and like a Heineken 111 cab window

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  • The Soviet be like : "So how many concept did we get suggested?" "Dunno" "Well then, just pour all our budget into all of them then"

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  • Really enjoyed this documentary. Keep up the great work!

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  • Looks like something off the cover of an Emerson Lake and Palmer album

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  • Like an Ekranoplane right

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  • Oh yeah, well the most weirdest aircraft United States ever made.... *CLASSIFIED* Just run if you heard it has been launched.

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  • This thing looks straight out of Wolfenstein

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  • It reminds me of Thunderbird ships

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  • Too bad. That thing looks like it would have been a hell of a ride to fly in.

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  • John Kerry can’t wait to take it for a spin and tell us all how to live greener.

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  • Your soviet union map is wrong. More countries was involved in SU unfortunatelly.

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  • Very interesting video and well produced - except for one very irritating thing. That unnecessary music all throughout! Don't you realise that it is totally superfluous and unnecessary and competes with the narrator's voice to the extent that it makes the brain work harder to try and comprehend all this new spoken and visual information. Just don't have any music! if you have to have sounds, then put in relevant sounds that relate to what we are seeing: aircraft noises, water noises, workshop noises, all subdued, but not stupid music. That is just lazy and shows that you are not really a brilliant movie maker, just a sheep copying everyone else who puts in unnecessary music.

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  • Star trek Material. More like a Klingon Ship.

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  • Damn, who made these renders 0.0

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  • Today, he would be a Video game designer making Million$

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  • How would this operate within the Arctic with so many icebergs

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