'Wing in Ground Effect Vessels Are Fast Sealift'

June 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jun2003, Vol. 129 Issue 6, p26
Conference Proceeding
This article presents views of the author on the article 'Wing in Ground Effect Vessels Are Fast Sealift,' by D. Jacobs published in the March 2003 issue of the journal 'Proceedings.' The wing in ground effect (WIGE) vessel also has been called a winged-hull. In 1969, the U.S. National Research Council, under Project Nimrod, conducted a study of minelaying. As a part of that study, a brief study of a winged hull as a mine delivery vehicle was conducted. Mr. Jacobs would like to classify a WIGE as a ship but concedes that it might eventually be classified as an aircraft. A WIGE definitely is an airplane. It does not float and is not an air-cushion vehicle. In conventional airplane fashion, it is supported by a wing that is unique only in that it is optimized for efficiency when operating in ground effect.


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