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GMs — Aircraft, Seacraft, or Groundcraft

This paper explains the different applications of ground effect machines and why they should be built in aircraft manufacturing companies. The importance of L/D and initial cost is shown, and also the levels which have to be achieved in order to compete with ships. The main advantage of ground effect machines, the capability to move fast over water, and the potential market for such vehicles are pointed out. Assault operation is mentioned as well as operation over land, mostly swamps.