Soviet Ekranoplan / 1980s
Belive it or not, this incredible-looking vehicle is real, and actually worked. It’s an ‘Ekranoplan’, or Ground Effect Vehicle (GEV), developed by the Soviet Union in the 70s and 80s. By exploiting a cushion of high-pressure air, this contraption was able to fly at high speed just above the ocean. Not quite a plane and not quite a ship, it was undetecable by radar and very, very quick. Check out some footage on YouTube and these incredible photos of a now decaying Ekranoplan somewhere in Russia.