Wilf Hardy (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
11" x 16" (290mm x 415mm)Date:
1977This is the original Gouache painting by Wilf Hardy.
This illustration board by Wilf Hardy illustrates 2 floating planes and an incredible Soviet flying boat; the "KM". This was the biggest ground-effect vehicle ever designed, 100 meters long, weighing 544 tons.
It was powered by ten Dobryin VD-7 turbojet engines and still holds the record for lifting the heaviest load off the ground (which is even more than what the largest modern cargo plane Antonov An 225 "Mriya" can handle). For a long time, it was surrounded by an air of mystery, being developed and tested in secrecy on the Caspian Sea in 1966, and only later discovered by a US spy satellite.