In Russia, Air Craft Carrier Lands on YOU!

March 8, 2010

During the Cold War era, the U.S.S.R. produced many dangerous, crazy, and totally awesome toys. Perhaps the most massive of them all was the Lun Ekranoplan, a huge plane-tank hybrid that was better known to U.S. intelligence forces as the "Caspian Sea Monster."

After seeing all the radical ideas Russia had during the Cold War, it's pretty obvious they were not kidding around when it came to thermo-nuclear war, and how to live in a post apocalyptic wasteland.

This particular bad boy weighed in at well over a million pounds, rivaled the Spruce Goose in terms of size, and was designed to fly below radar. The Lun could also traverse water and inhospitable patches of land as well.

Only eight were produced, but those eight became legendary. From these shots, it's not hard to see why. Watching one these things roll up and deposit a convoy of drill tanks probably would've been slightly unsettling.

We're not as fluent in Russian as we used to be, but it appears that some Russkies found this relic just, ya know, lying around in a port somewhere. As a result, the Internet has scored some awesome shots of a legendary beast from a by-gone era.

Source: BoingBoing