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HANDS ON Veteran hovercraft pilot Stuart Syrad at the controls of Hovercraft SR.N5 at the Hovercaft Museum, Lee-on-the-Solent - he piloted the first models of the craft. Picture: Mick Young
HANDS ON Veteran hovercraft pilot Stuart Syrad at the controls of Hovercraft SR.N5 at the Hovercaft Museum, Lee-on-the-Solent - he piloted the first models of the craft. Picture: Mick Young
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FORMER hovercraft pilots visited their old craft yesterday, celebrating its newly-won recognition.

The Saunders Roe Nautical 5 hovercraft was awarded an Engineering Heritage Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

It is looked after by the Hovercraft Museum at the former HMS Daedalus airfield.

Hovercraft Museum trustee Warwick Jacobs said: ‘It puts us on the map.

‘It not only recognises the museum but also the early hovercraft and the part they played in history.

‘They were ahead of their time back in 60s when they were flying.’

The SRN5 is the last of its type, a major part of why it was awarded the recognition from the institute.

Former Royal Marines Major Stuart Syrad, 80, was at the ceremony.

He was one of first pilots of the hovercraft.

He said: ‘We took them on in October 1964 and after further training took them on for operational trials in the confrontation with Indonesia.’