Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Winged luxury submarines 'fly' underwater

Most people have had dreams of flying. Graham Hawkes had dreams of flying -- underwater.
Hawkes has been in the business of building underwater craft for more than a decade. In the early days, his company, Hawkes Ocean Technologies, built vehicles for researchers and moviemakers.
But in the past few years, the ultrarich have increasingly looked for cool playthings for their ocean adventures.
What better toy to have on the end of your 200-foot yacht than a submarine capable of diving to 1,500 feet below the sea's surface?
Watch the flying sub in action »
Whoops. Did we say submarine? It's a submersible that can "fly" underwater.
The Deep Flight Super Falcon looks like a fighter jet, with its thin body, two seats, two sets of wings and two tail fins.
"We just had to tear up everything we knew about submersibles and start again on winged subs -- underwater flying machines," Hawkes said.
He said Deep Flight submersibles are designed to be more agile than any creature living in the ocean -- with the exception of dolphins. The company says that because of the wings, the Super Falcon can go barrel-rolling with dolphins while traveling at speeds much faster than other private submarines.
The craft can stay underwater for up to five hours and travel at speeds up to 6 knots, the company says on its Web site.
The first client for the Super Falcon was venture capitalist Tom Perkins, who wanted a toy to keep on his mega-yacht, the Maltese Falcon. The base price: $1.3 million. Another model, which has open cockpits and cannot dive as deep as the Super Falcon, sells for $350,000.


suZen said...

What a fun "toy" that would be to have if you lived on the coast!

Sammem said...

That's cool. Really expensive, but that would be awesome to use in Hawaii.

Deedee said...

Oh, how the other half lives! Fun post!

Rikkij said...

something else for my wish list!~Rick

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Oooh I have a fellow expat nearby, who invented underwater scuba breathing apparatus, for prolonged dives.
He is famous all over the world, and ahs been featured on a couple of 007 Bond films.
I'm going to pass along this website, he'll love it !

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, how neat! What a fun post this is!


Sheila :-)