Do you recognise any of these great machines? The life of the hovercraft began in 1955 when inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell tested his idea for a floating craft by putting a cat food tin inside a coffee tin.
The plan was to run a summer hover service for tourists for the Isle of Wight and the south of England, but it became a year-round service as it was so popular.
Here are a few of our favourite photos from hovercraft from the past.
1. Hovercraft from the past
The Saunders Roe SRN1 (Saunders Roe Nautical 1) experimental hovercraft. The craft was designed by Sir Christopher Cockerell, inventor of the hovercraft. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images) Photo: The News archive
2. Hovercraft from the past
Men of Fleetlands in Gosport with hovercraft SRN5 in the 1950's. Photo: The News archive
3. Hovercraft from the past
SRN1 hovercraft, the one used by James Bond in the film 'Die Another Day'. Photo: The News archive
4. Hovercraft from the past
An SRN5 on excercise at Browndown with 200 Hovercraft Squadron RCT. Photo: The News archive