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.
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.
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.
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