The Airfish 8 – A Wing In Ground Effect Concept
Not too long ago, a pretty neat video of the Wigetworks Airfish 8 showed up on our social media feed. A pretty innovative company in Singapore is pursuing the WIG project. Wigetworks Private Limited (Wigetworks) was incorporated in Singapore in April 2004. Established with the main purposes to commercialize Wing-in-Ground (WIG) effect craft technology and to be the center of excellence of WIG technology.
Wigetworks owns all patents, intellectual property rights and know-how for the design and production of all Airfish types of WIG craft and also the license and exclusive rights to market and distribute Airfish technology worldwide. All the licenses were obtained from Airfoil Development GmbH (AFD). At the same time, Wigetworks also acquired a prototype of Airfish 8, an 8-seater WIG craft and Airfish 3; a 2-seater WIG craft built by AFD based on Dr. Alexander Martin Lippisch’s reverse delta wing design.
The Airfish 8 prototype, later named as AF8-001, was built in Germany in the late 1990s and extensive sea trials were conducted in the Netherlands and in Australia in 2001. In 2004, the prototype was transferred to Wigetworks and after refurbishment the prototype went for a series of successful sea trials in Thailand in 2007 and in Singapore in 2008. Learn more about what they do via: wigetworks.com