• Jun 6th 2010 at 9:31AM
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Tupolev 007 aerosled at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance- Click above for high res gallery

We'll provide a full recap of the 2010 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance later, but this morning, we wanted to share one of the cooler vehicles on display with you - and while it has gullwing doors and is as exotic as it gets, it's not even a car. While Cold War-era American astronauts were fished out of the drink by the U.S. Navy after splashdown, Soviet cosmonauts at the time faced a different set of risks when their spacecraft returned to Earth - namely, the possibility of landing in the Siberian wilderness. As such, a recovery vehicle was needed that could traverse varied terrain, operate in sub-zero temperatures, and move fast. Enter Russian aviation legend Aleksei Tupolev. His solution is seen here: the Tupolev 007 aerosled.

The shallow-draft craft is powered by a 9-cylinder Vedenyev M14P radial aircraft engine generating 365 horsepower. Its interesting double-propeller is actually fixed, with the rear prop drafting the front blades to increase efficiency and make operation quieter. At speeds above 50 mph, the driver can engage a flap to lift the nose, allowing the 007 to skim the surface, meaning it can race across lakes, marshes, and snow with equal aplomb. The design reportedly won Tupolev the Diploma of Finest Engineer in the USSR (give the Soviets this: they had a flair for super-impressive-sounding awards), and you can go see it yourself if you're within easy travel distance of Greenwich, CT.

Day 2 of the 15th Annual Greenwich Concours d'Elegance runs today from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT, with foreign cars the featured element. Admission at the door is $25 (proceeds help benefit AmeriCares), and believe us, it's money well spent. We'll be there later today as well, and you can follow our tweets from the show by searching on the hashtag #GCDE.



Photos by Alex Nunez / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

Additional info on the Tupolev aerosled sourced from Gizmag, Hemmings Motor News.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Where is Dr Miguelito Loveless from the Wild WEst TV show of the Sixties? Looks like a prop of his
      C'mon this is major leg-pulling story.
      First, the Sov-nauts landed on land in a big flat area.
      Second, they sovs had lots of Astronauts die-they didn't give a rip about them.
      I they were off -course, the stff would be shot and there'd be no one to rescue them
      • 5 Years Ago
      This already appeared in Classic Yacht magazine (they have a good sense of humor apparently): www.classicyachtmag.com/currentissue

      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw this going up I-81 on friday. I had no idea what it was. Thought it was some sort of flying car with the wings folded.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I saw this thing cruising through Mooresville, NC sometime last week. Kinda cool to figure out what it was used for.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thunderbirds are go!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those of you interested in reading about the modern equivalent -- the Tupolev AS-2 -- check this out:

      http://www.tupolev.ru/English/Show.asp?SectionID=79
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes thanks very much.

        I really was not fully comprehending it until seeing the modern one at the link you gave.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was there yesterday and saw it in person. It definitely is a very interesting piece and the most peculiar vehicle of all at the show. I think my favorite may have been the white Jaguar coupe in the auction tent, the red Austin-Healey 3000, or maybe one of the Cadillac V16 cars. The $25 was definitely worth it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 58 Chebby Imp convertible would make a fine tow car!

      On a side note, I'd be very leery of engaging an airfoil that lifts the front end at speed...LOL! "He did a backwards wheelie, went the other way...."
      • 5 Years Ago
      as an ol florida airboater, all I can say is, wow!
      • 5 Years Ago
      At first I thought it was ugly then I read the article and looked through the photo's and well I want one!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tupolev 007...From Russia With Love

        Yakov Bond will thank you...
        • 5 Years Ago
        in soviet russia, boats.... i got nothing
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's cool to me that this is not just some guy's crazy project - but some guy's crazy project designed out of a need stemming from the Soviet space program. I think it would be fun to see footage of this in action.

      I'm not sure if Russia has a Batman, but if they do I bet he would have one of these.
      "Robin, bring me the Batmoboat!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      James Bond only wished he had one of these!
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