Technical data
Type VVA-14
Function ASW
Year 1972
Crew
Engines 4*Soloviev D-30N
12*Kolesev RD36-35PR
Length 26m
Wingspan 30m
Take-off Weight 52000kg
Speed 760km/h
Ceiling 10000m

VVA-14 R.L.Bartini/ G.M.Beriev

On land (40k) as appears on the WIG Page

The VVA-14 was an extraordinary ground-effect amphibious aircraft.

It had a big fuselage and two enormous 'pods' connected to the fuselage by large airfoil fairings, containing in all 12 lift jet engines for vertical take-off. Two more engines were installed on top of the fuselage, above a slender wing installed well back.

In flight with inflatable pontoons (24k), WIG Page

Standard landing gear of the Tu-22 was used. Inflatable pontoons were attached to pods for 'wet' landing.

Two prototypes were built. It is believed that the lift engines were never fitted.

VVA-14-M1R on takeoff (28k) as appears on the WIG Page

Two engines were fitted (in 1976) to the forward fuselage would create an air cushion by blowing their exhaust in the narrow channels between fuselage and 'pods'. Inflatable pontoons were replaced by rigid ones. This modification was designated VVA-14M1P (or just 14M1P). It was never flown.

Designation M-62 is something mythical, may be from Western habit to give a fake designation to Soviet aircraft.

Shown here is VVA-14-1 (22k) from the at the Monino AF Museum; Photo by Alexej Gretchihine;

PrototypeOther related links

Be-1
  • VVA-14
  • Survey of WIG vehicles;
  • 14-MIR, Beriev
  • M-62, Bartini
  • VVA-14, Bartini-Beriev

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