The Sea Phantom V-10 is a water-hungry sea beast with plenty of performance history. Designed by Maritime Flight Dynamics, the Sea Phantom was built to reach cruising speed on the open water. Aided by a lifting-body airfoil, Sea Phantom V-10 lifts out of the water to fly just above the wave crests, supported by shock dampening foils which act as a fully-functioning suspension system. While its propeller remains in the water, the body of the V-10 is carried above the sea surface in ground effect. This reduces hydrodynamic drag radically, thus requiring less power and using a fraction of the fuel consumption of conventional fast boats.
Maritime Flight Dynamics’ awesome work has been recognised by the International Academy of Science, who nominated the Sea Phantom last year for their Outstanding Technology of the Year award, describing it as “an innovative, highly efficient watercraft – a crossbreed between a powerboat and an airplane.”
I don’t know what to say, except: “Great work, Maritime Flight Dynamics!”[via SeaPhantom]