It's a bird... it's a plane... No! It's a flying boat! WTF?!
Pacific Seaflight is reinventing the coastal flying experience in a HUGE way. This one's a little technical, but I'll do my best. The Wing-In-Ground (WIG) Wing Ship Vessels are extremely economical, take no pilots license to fly, and would leave the world's fastest boat in the... ocean spray? The Blue Dolphin "WingShip" works on the ground effect principle. I'll try to explain...
If you've ever flown in windy conditions, you know how bumpy it can get. You may also have noticed that just before the plane touches ground, you feel it level out and the landing ends up being very smooth. That's the ground effect, and the same reason cars have spoilers.
The Pacific Seaflights planes fly just in that small zone where the ground effect comes into play. It runs on regular engine gasoline, is super fuel efficient, and will revolutionize coastal travel. It also costs a fraction of the price of float planes, and, because they don't qualify as airplanes, don't require pilots licenses to operate.
Boat Flies On Wing-In-Ground Effect
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By: Bianca Bartz - Published: Sep 30, 2007 • References: pacificseaflight