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What to get the man who has everything? An underwater plane of course

By Claire Bates
Last updated at 3:57 PM on 29th January 2010

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.
Necker Nymph

The Virgin Necker Nymph will dive up to 130ft under the waves. It is made from carbon fibre and has fighter jet technology

Sir Richard plans to lend the Nymph out to visitors of his luxury hideaway, Necker Island. Gliding like an aeroplane through the water it can carry a pilot and two visitors on a two-hour trip.

After undergoing scuba training, guests can uncover ancient shipwrecks, fly side-by-side with dolphins or follow whales.

* Comment: Branson has the toys of a Bond villain but there's really only one Dr Evil in travel

Such a unique experience comes at a price of course. The Nymph is available to hire for $25,000 a week (15,000), but only after you have forked out a minimum of $88,000 (55,000) for seven nights on the luxury catamaran, the Necker Belle.

The luxury sub has fighter jet technology and is piloted with a joystick. While most subs use ballast to propel subs under the water, the Nymph uses downward 'lift' on the wings to fly down.
Sir Richard Branson

Virgin Atlantic boss Sir Richard Branson poses with model Kate Moss to celebrate the airline's 25th Birthday. His latest acquisition is the 415,000 underwater plane

Necker Island

Getaway: Necker Island in the Caribbean was bought by Sir Richard Branson when he was just 28. The new submarine can be hired by guests staying there

It was designed and built by Graham Hawkes, chief of Hawkes Ocean Technologies and is the first of its kind.

Marketing manager Karen Hawkes, said: 'The Nymph is an entirely new class of vehicle for us - think of a sleek convertible under water. It is different from our other submersibles because it was specifically designed to dive to scuba depths in tropical waters.

'It has the flexibility to glide peacefully over glorious reefs or bank adventurously in 360 degree turns.'

She described the sub, which is part of its Deep Flight range, as 'hydrobatic' with individual 'wind shields' that removes the pressure of slipstream. This means the sub can have an open cockpit that gives guests panoramic views.

Ms Hawkes also insisted that the sub had a low environmental impact.

'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.'

Sir Richard is expecting the sub to be delivered on February 20. So those readers who have a spare 70,000 may jump at this adventurous week's holiday. The rest of us can just dream...
Necker Island

Necker Island resides in the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. It has features such as Orchid Valley and Honeymoon Cove


Very cool. I'd love to ride in that. I might be a little scared thou going underwater that deep in the ocean, but I think I would probably do it given the opportunity. Nice to have that much money to buy expensive things. I'd like a big fancy yacht, and stay 'on top' the water. lol

Because of a eardrum problem I had as a kid, I've been advised by doctors to not go swimming very deep. So I really never go farther in a pool that 1 foot deep. I wade around mostly and never use a diving board. But the Sub would be fine. Just the deep ocean in a sub would make me a little nervous. I'd be thinking about system failures and the Sub sinking to the bottom. lol

rosco 357

gee i lost my eardrum to a qtip when i as 5 , the regular dr did nothing, but i swam or something and some point later, my ear got infected bad, the dr then sent me to a specialist, which he should have done the first time, well my parents were in the room and the ear dr said this kid has no eardrum, so my swiming is limited, he made me a ear drum out if the blood vessel skin in my arm, had 2 opps on it, but still has a small hole, so i have to keep it dry,
i do when i rode the seadoo, use those foam earplugs u roll up and they expand, , take care,

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