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Virgin Oceanic: Richard Branson's new underwater plane

• Daily Mail
Billionaire Sir Richard Branson may already own an airline, a record label, a mobile phone company, several luxury restaurants and a Caribbean island. But today the entrepreneur unveiled his latest toy - an underwater plane.

The £415,000 prototype submersible is called the Necker Nymph and can dive to depths of up to 130ft. Sir Richard hopes to one day explore depths of 35,000ft - which is far more than the height of Mount Everest.

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Comment by Powell Gammill (13871)
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I should have realized it is not a sub -- enclosed vessel -- but a sled.   The passengers sit in open cockpits wearing scuba gear.

Comment by Brock Lorber (11655)
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"Sir Richard is expecting the sub to be delivered on February 20."

They better get it working quickly.

Comment by Powell Gammill (13871)
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Nonworking prototype mockup seems more like it.  While I can see the configuration as a 130 meter max. depth, is strikes me as a poor design, more for show than practicality.  Still, it is nice to see yet another project being launched by a wealthy person.  I wish Branson well.