Early hovercraft landing

Taken some time in the mid-1960s, this photo shows an early hovercraft landing on Southsea beach

Taken some time in the mid-1960s, this photo shows an early hovercraft landing on Southsea beach

A redundant Blackpool tram in Havant goods yard between 1964 and 1966.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

A streetcar named Hayling Billy would have run on saved line

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This Martin Jenkins photograph from the early 1960s shows a hovercraft landing at Clarence Beach, Southsea.

I wonder how many of you stood unsuspectingly in front of the oncoming hovercraft, only to get hit by shingle, sand and the terrific wind it created?

Of course, as hovercraft got bigger, a wall was built to protect sightseers. But I must admit the event of a hovercraft climbing up the beach is still something to see when down that way.

In the background, inbound to the dockyard, we see a County Class cruiser.

The small jetty leading out to sea for people to board small tourist boats for trips around the harbour etc would never be allowed near the landing beach today.

Can anyone give me any information on the hovercraft pictured?

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