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Another view of the Russian Boat fitted with a fighter engine during the cold war. The first picture of this unique combination of aircraft and boat was posted July 7, 2009 in my photo stream. The hammer and cycle logo is displayed on the tail. A super-fast Russian rescue boat called Tupolev 007. During the arms buildup, the former Soviet Republic developed some pretty bizarre weapons, vehicles and boats that were never mass produced. This rescue boat was one of them. It is powered by an MP14 aircraft fighter engine and can move up to 150 miles per hour on the water. It is one of the only three originally produced and the only one still in existence. Its estimated value was $2 Million in 2005 The owner of this craft as of 2005, is Georgia resident Jerry Schutte. He has the original manual, written in Russian, with many of the pages marked "secret". It is believed to travel a foot above the water on a cushion of air once it reaches top speed, which means it can fly. At its highest speeds it can also go over a sandbar of 850 feet in length and over bushes of 3 feet high. "This boat has been painstakingly restored and all components are hand-built and designed for this machine" said Schutte. "It is made of very strong aluminum alloy. Its empty weight is 3,150 lbs. Its engine is a 9-cylinder radial 365 HP with a 264 KW turbo charger. Its length is 611 cm, width 2160 cm and draft is 10 cm" Internet links are referenced with that picture.


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