Unrealized Projects

Baby Sukhoi: how Russia came up with the world’s smallest fighter jet

In the early 90s, Sukhoi designed a new Russian fighter jet… by taking an existing one and shrinking it to a ridiculous degree....


Flying wings: why they never succeeded, and probably never will | Part 2

For almost a century flying wing design signified the future of airliners. What does it mean for modern project of this kind?...


Flying wings: why everybody still talks about them | Part 1

With new futuristic designs presented by major manufacturers, flying wing airliners seem just around the corner. But wasn’t it so for decades?...


MAKS: the space plane An-225 Mriya was supposed to launch

The famous An-225 Mriya was designed to be able to launch spacecraft into orbit from its back. Meet MAKS: a space plane designed specifically for that....


The long death of Frigate Ecojet, Russia’s revolutionary wide-body

Frigate Ecojet sought to revolutionize the aviation industry. Let's dive into the roots of this ambitious project, and the details of its ongoing demise....


Would the Russian flying saucer actually work? | EKIP Part 4

The EKIP is often attributed with incredible properties. How substantiated those claims are, and was the Russian flying saucer really so revolutionary?...


What is left of the Russian flying saucer? | EKIP Part 3

EKIP, the Russian flying saucer, was supposed to revolutionize the world of aviation. What is left of the project today?...


How Russians tried to sell a flying saucer | EKIP Part 2

Failing to find funding for their crazy project at home, the makers of the EKIP turned to the West. Will Americans buy the Russian flying saucer?...


Secret story of EKIP, the Soviet flying saucer | Part 1

A breakthrough idea, a case of suppressed technology, or just a baseless legend? This is the beginning of the story of the EKIP - Russia's flying saucer....


From MiG-19 with lift fans to J-18: China’s VTOL fighter jet problem

For decades now, China tried to acquire aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Should we expect a Chinese jump jet soon?...