The early days of the hovercraft | Nostalgia

The hovercraft began life in 1955 when inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell tested his idea for a hybrid vessel craft by putting a cat food tin inside a coffee tin and blowing air between them with a hairdryer.

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 3:59 pm
SRN2 breaks through the ice at Wooton Creek, Isle of Wight, in January 1963. Picture: Courtesy of Amberley books
SRN2 breaks through the ice at Wooton Creek, Isle of Wight, in January 1963. Picture: Courtesy of Amberley books

The fast water-transport vehicle was not quite a boat nor quite a plane but a combination of both.

The Southsea to the Isle of Wight hovercraft is the world’s only year-round passenger hovercraft service.

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An SRN5 on excercise at Browndown, Gosport, with 200 Hovercraft Squadron RCT. Picture: Courtesy Amberley Books

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The Saunders Roe SRN-1 hovercraft on display at Cowes, Isle of Wight. Picture: George Hales/Getty Images
The Saunders Roe SRN1 (Saunders Roe Nautical 1) experimental hovercraft on the Thames at Westminster. The craft was designed by Sir Christopher Cockerell, inventor of the hovercraft. Picture: Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Men of Fleetlands at Gosport with hovercraft SRN5 in the 1950s.