Flying over the waters

  • 10 Mar - 16 Mar, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

Winged Airfish 8 vehicle can carry eight passengers while soaring above water.

Stunning images have revealed an incredible flying boat that soars above the water on a cushion of air at speeds of up to 120mph.

The winged Airfish 8 can carry up to eight passengers and could revolutionise travel between thousands of islands in Indonesia, the Philippines, Polynesia and the Caribbean, among others.

The firm behind its creation is currently in the process of designing and building a larger craft, which could carry up to 50 people.

The AirFish 8 (AF8) is a wing-in-ground-effect (Wig) craft created by Singapore firm Wigetworks, designed to be operated by two crew and can carry between six and eight passengers.

Wigs are technically boats rather than aircraft, but the vessels are capable of operating completely above the surface of the water.

Based on a German prototype, the AirFish 8 has a 17m by 15m (56 by 50ft) footprint and is two to three times faster than most ferries.

It requires around 500m (1,600ft) to takeoff or land and has a range of around 300 miles / 926km.

AF8 is powered by a powerful yet compact seven litre V8 500bhp racing car engine that runs on 95 Octane automotive-grade unleaded gasoline, cheaper than aviation fuel.