Men of Fleetlands in Gosport with hovercraft SRN5 in the 1950's.
Men of Fleetlands in Gosport with hovercraft SRN5 in the 1950's.

The history of Southsea's hovercraft in 22 stunning photos

Most of you will remember and have travelled on the hovercraft since the service began more than 60 years ago.

Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 5:48 pm

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.

With many people opting for a staycation this summer rather than heading abroad, it looks set to be a busy few weeks for Hovertravel.

Here are a few of our favourite photos from hovercraft from the past.

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