Technical data
Type Thermoplane
Function Experimental
Year 198*
Crew ?
Engines 2*?hp piston engines
Length ?m
Height ?m
Wingspan ?m
Wing area ?m2
Empty weight ?kg
Loaded weight ?kg
Wing Load (kg/m2) ?
Power load (kg/hp) ?
Speed at 0m ?km/h
Speed at ?m ?km/h
Landing Speed 0km/h
Landing Roll 0m
Takeoff Roll ?m
Turn time ?sec
Range ?km
Flight Endurance ?hmin
Ceiling ?m
1000m ?min
Fuel ?kg
Seats ?
Cargo ?kg

'Thermoplane' by MAI

9k b/w from Smithsonian

One of Russia's latest designs, which resembles a Big Mac with wings, is a cross between a dirigible and a fixed-wing aircraft. It appears to be equipped with air cushion for off-airfield landing. Conceived in the early 1980s, the prototype is undergoing testing at the Ulianovsky Avia Industrial Complex.

By combining slow-flight and hovering capability with a standard wing and twin piston engines, its promoters hope to market the utilitarian craft for equipment hauling, environmental monitoring, rescue missions, and leisure cruises.

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  • Thermoplane design bureau
  • Uglies-1997
  • Thermoplane Design bureau

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