Soviet ‘Caspian Monster’ jet airplane reaches ultimate resting place

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November 23, 2020 11:26 PM

Soviet Oddity: Ekranoplan is on its final trip to the Dagestan Museum. Photo / Musa Salgereyev, Getty Images

From the bottom of the Caspian Sea, the Russian army has rescued the Soviet-era leviathan from the time of the voyage.

The Lun-class Ekranoplan is probably one of the most amazing cars ever made. Even an airplane or a boat, the train can jump 4metres above the water speed at 550 kilometers per hour with Kuznetsov’s eight engines.

Built in the mid-1960s during the Cold War, it was dubbed the “Caspian Sea Monster” by Nato philosophers. Russian scholars have dubbed the show “Lun” or hawker harrier. Various missions floated around the ship, from the hospital to the submarines – even though only one of the 73-meter-long ships ever built. The Lun was armed with anti-aircraft missiles mounted on the back – adding to its extraordinary history.

Sea monster: Lun-class ekranoplan languashies on the Caspian Sea coast.  Photo / Musa Salgereyev, Getty ImagesSea monster: Lun-class ekranoplan languashies on the Caspian Sea coast. Photo / Musa Salgereyev, Getty Images

The ambiguity of ekranoplan ended at the dry port of Kaspiysk in the Republic of Dagestan, where the Union collapsed in the 1990’s, disrupted. So far.

Soviet Ekranoplan has begun what could be their last expedition. Known as the site of the “Patriot Park” military base in Derbent, he was dragged 14 hours down the coast from Russia by a group of towers. Navigating 350 tons for a 60-mile[100 km]sea voyage was no easy task.

Along the way, a beast from the Caspian Sea threatened to drown because of a drip. It was abandoned on the beach near Derbent, where it has remained since July.

Artist concept of the Soviet wing wing-in-ground effect car, since 1988. Photo / Wikimedia CommonsArtist concept of the Soviet wing wing-in-ground effect car, since 1988. Photo / Wikimedia Commons

Representative of Sokrat Vagidov’s transport contractors told local OTR reporters that the work would resume placing it at the last resting place on the platform inside the battle park.

“The variety helps us to place additional air cushions under the wings and fuselage. Its body is aluminum and soft and our job is to deliver it safely,” Vagidov said.

However, after a long stay on the coast, the Soviet Union’s movement attracted much attention. City researchers and bloggers have already begun to visit the site.

Another blogger, Vitaliy Raskalov, who visited the ekranoplan also commented on the “nonsense” that the park, which is still being offered, has not yet been built.

“I hope the ekranoplan will not be moved by the invaders,” he said.

Most hunters do not like trophies, but a number of visitors have come to the site to film the beast. Lana Sator, a photographer and “urban explorer” told Radio Free Europe how she bought a plane ticket from Moscow to Dagestan to take illegal photos inside the ekranoplan.

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