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Plane that can fly underwater unveiled The latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet will "fly" riders into the depths of the s

 
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Plane that can fly underwater unveiled The latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet will "fly" riders into the depths of the s
NEW YORK -- Virgin unveiled the latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet on Friday: an underwater plane that will fly riders into the depths of the Caribbean Sea.


Guests on Necker Island, a retreat in the British Virgin Islands, will be able to dive underwater in a submarine dubbed the Necker Nymph for $25,000 a week. But that's only after shelling out around $300,000 for a one-week stay on Necker, the private island owned by billionaire and Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson.

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Beginning on Feb. 20, two riders and a pilot and will be able to take the plunge from land, or from a boat. The underwater plane uses the downward pressure on its wings to fly through the water for up to two hours at a time, while an open cockpit will give riders a 360-degree view.


The Necker Nymph's typical speed is 2 to 5 nautical miles per hour and it can dive more than 100 feet, said Karen Hawkes, a spokeswoman for Hawkes Ocean Technologies, the company that designed the Nymph.


A statement released Friday by Virgin Limited Edition, the luxury arm of Virgin Hotels, described the Nymph's launch like a plane's takeoff. "Gliding on the water's surface like an aeroplane on a runway, one of the three pilots will operate the joystick to smoothly dive down."

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Vacationers will be able to fly the Necker Nymph while chartering the Necker Belle, Branson's 105-foot yacht, or the submarine can be launched from shore. Necker Belle is rented out to guests for $88,000 a week, bringing the full Necker Island experience to more than $400,000 per week.


Riders must follow SCUBA procedures and be trained or accompanied by a certified pilot before entering the underwater plane. SCUBA tanks are mounted in the submarine and passengers must wear masks while underwater, said Hawkes.


The Necker Nymph claims "near-zero" environmental impact because its "positive buoyancy prevents the sub from landing on a reef, and its low light and noise emissions ensure the fragile ocean ecosystems remain undisturbed," Virgin said
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Re: Plane that can fly underwater unveiled The latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet will "fly" riders into the depths of the s
you cant see necker island on google earth, it's been blured out.
this pisses me off big time, since when can someone pay to do such thing's, no money can by the right to onership of land. fuck this cunt richerd branson
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Re: Plane that can fly underwater unveiled The latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet will "fly" riders into the depths of the s
I just have to say how cool that looks and how incredible it would be to ride/fly in it!
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Re: Plane that can fly underwater unveiled The latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet will "fly" riders into the depths of the s
I bet it gets militarized. Kind of reminds me of G.I. Joe.
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Re: Plane that can fly underwater unveiled The latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet will "fly" riders into the depths of the s
link didnt work.
i want to see it.

as the sub vehicle people pay 25,000 to 'drive' underwater, would the machine be adapted to polar temps?
could it be camoflauged to blend into the landscape?

i would like some thoughts on this video. is it possible this is one of his machines?:
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Re: Plane that can fly underwater unveiled The latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet will "fly" riders into the depths of the s
OP that link is working.
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Re: Plane that can fly underwater unveiled The latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet will "fly" riders into the depths of the s
OP that link is working.
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dang it!
i mean it is NOT working.
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Re: Plane that can fly underwater unveiled The latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet will "fly" riders into the depths of the s
Wow, it would be neat to have one that could stay under for longer. That is kind of scary though, it could be used for good or evil. The ocean is a wonderfully big place to hide out in for your friends, and impossibly large also for your enemies.
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Re: Plane that can fly underwater unveiled The latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet will "fly" riders into the depths of the s
you cant see necker island on google earth, it's been blured out.
this pisses me off big time, since when can someone pay to do such thing's, no money can by the right to onership of land. fuck this cunt richerd branson
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lol aboriginals tried that logic and lost already.
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Re: Plane that can fly underwater unveiled The latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet will "fly" riders into the depths of the s
A plane under the sea? I liked that idea better when it was called a submarine.

I don't have a good feeling about this. Couldn't pay me enough to go on that thing.

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