Heritage prize for Lee-on-the-Solent hovercraft museum

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A HOVERCRAFT is to be given a heritage award.

The SR.N5 Hovercraft, at the Hovercraft Museum in Lee-on-the-Solent, is due to get the award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on Friday.

It means the 1963-built hovercraft joins the ranks of the E-Type Jaguar, Tower Bridge and the Vulcan Bomber.

It is the first mass-produced hovercraft in the world.

Dave Tanner and Warwick Jacobs are trustees of the museum.

Mr Tanner will receive the award from Professor Isobel Pollock, the immediate past president of the institution.

Prof Pollock said: ‘The Saunders Roe Nautical 5 hovercraft is a unique example of British design and engineering innovation.

‘It was this cutting-edge craft that spread the use of hovercraft around the world, for civilian and military use.

‘This is the last SR.N5 hovercraft of its kind anywhere in the world, and it is a privilege to be able to see our engineering heritage in such fantastic condition.’