The Bartini Beriev VVA-14, or to give it its full name, the Bartini Beriev VVA-14 Vertikal`no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia (vertical take-off amphibious aircraft), was an unusual Russian aircraft developed during the 1970s.
After extensive research, including the development of the small prototype Be-1 wing in ground effect aircraft, the first VVA-14 prototype was completed in 1972. Its first flight was from a conventional runway on 4 September 1972.
In 1987, the only remaining Bartini Beriev VVA-14, serial number 19172, was sent to the Russian Federation Central Air Force Museum in Monino. The aircraft is still at the museum, where it sits in a rather sorry-looking semi-dismantled state. Sad considering what a remarkable aircraft it could have been.

Bartini Beriev VVA-14 Vertikal`no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia - 01

Bartini Beriev VVA-14 Vertikal`no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia - 02

Bartini Beriev VVA-14 Vertikal`no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia - 03

Bartini Beriev VVA-14 Vertikal`no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia - 04

Bartini Beriev VVA-14 Vertikal`no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia - 05

Bartini Beriev VVA-14 Vertikal`no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia - 07

Bartini Beriev VVA-14 Vertikal`no-Vzletayuschaya Amphibia - 08

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