Ten Insanely Strange Aircrafts That Actually Existed(With Pictures)

5. The Bertini Beriev VVA 14

The Bartini VVA 14 was an experimental prototype seaplane developed in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The designer of this bizarre aircraft was Italian born aviation engineer Robert Bartini. When the Soviet Union began to fear that the US would launch a nuclear assault on them from under the water with their submarines, they turned to the Beriev aircraft company which was well known for making seaplanes. They decided to build a submarine hunting amphibious aircraft that could take off from both land and water, could glide at high speeds on the surface of the ocean, as well as possess VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) abilities. If successfully developed, the VVA 14 would have proved to be a considerable threat to any Western naval force trying to invade Soviet waters.

Development on the initial prototypes started during the early 1970’s.The aircraft that is today recalled as among the strange aircrafts that actually existed, was designed around a central hull that resembled a bomber airplanes fuselage, with arm like structures extended out on either side to hold the pontoons. A single straight wing provided lift, and two turbofan engines provided the propulsion for aerial flight. The aircraft initially used inflatable pontoons, but switched to metal pontoons later, to allow high speed motion on the water. Two more turbofans were added to the front end of the fuselage to propel it at a high speeds on the water. Unfortunately the final design was never completed, as the company tasked with delivering the jet engines required for vertical takeoff never delivered on time. Bartini died in 1974,and with his death the aircraft began to face multiple issues during test runs and finally the project was abandoned. The last remaining VVA 14 sits in its dismantled state, at an air force museum in Monino, Moscow.

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