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St. Petersburg's outrageously beautiful Meteor hydrofoils

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(Soviet) Russia has produced a large variety of hydrofoils for decades. The Meteor (метеор), built in various versions from 1960 onward, is the most successful among them. It has been an international sales success, and these large and quick machines are still in service in many countries. If you ever get the chance to go to St. Petersburg, make sure that your immersion in Russian (and world) history includes a trip with one of these beautifully designed boats. A trip to Peterhof, the Russian Versailles, in a Meteor can easily become an attraction in itself:

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Some of these hydrofoils have been in service for a long time. Stewards and stewardesses in sharp uniforms contrast with flowery wallpapers and airplane seats that recline on their own:

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About 2500hp and a speed of 75kph make these massive hydrofoils the fastest machines on the water. Honking oligarch kids in large, not quite fast enough yachts out of its way and attracting boys on water jets were among the odd effects we experienced on our ride:

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The captains also need to approach bridges at cautious speeds. You don’t want this hydrofoil to lift itself out of the water an extra inch:

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