23 July 2010

Beriev Be-200 ~ Russian Amphibian Aeroplane!

I've mentioned the Russian UAC's Beriev Be-200 a couple years before but it's such an fantastically interesting aircraft, I want to spotlight it again! Beyond the obvious firefighting, emergency response, and marine-industrial capabilities, I'm especially keen on the huge tourism implications -- i.e. opening up small islands, connecting with floating docks linked to cruiseships, accessing inaccessible coastlines, lakes, and riverways, and more! P.S. Here you see as of 8 August 2010, the Be-200 in-use fighting the fires ravaging Russia... P.P.S. And here as of 12 August 2010, you see Russian Prime Minister Putin flying a Be-200 waterbomber on a fire fighting run...

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