Hydro Hybrids (E56)
This month, the Tech Up team heads to Gelendzhik to check out the Ninth International Exhibition of Hydroaviation, where the country’s latest hybrid aircraft were strutting their stuff. Amphibious firefighting vehicles like the Be-200 showed their blaze-battling skills to the gathered crowd. The world’s biggest and most powerful helicopter was also on hand to flex its mechanical muscles, and show why it’s in a weight class all its own. One light seaplane stood out among the macho displays and proved that sometimes, less is more. Throughout the exhibition, modern hovercrafts served as a link to the past, and were some of Russia’s most eye-popping maritime creations.