Hovercraft that crossed Channel in 40 minutes with 400 passengers
Lee-on-the-Solent is synonymous with planes and seaplanes, but it is also the home of another, slightly more unusual vehicle '“ the hovercraft.
After the first cross-Channel crossing by a hovercraft in 1959, there was a revolution in design and development.
Within a decade the mighty SRN4, capable of carrying 400 passengers and 60 cars across the English Channel in less than 40 minutes, had arrived.
As the commercial hovercraft thrived the military also continued to innovate.
Today we take our second look at some of the pictures from a new book The Hovercraft by Jim Gray.
Using the archive of the world’s only hovercraft museum, based at Lee and boasting more than 70 historic craft, Gray has used a wealth of rare and unpublished images to explore the importance and impact of the hovercraft.
It offers a glimpse into the craft that has captivated the public’s imagination for more than 50 years.
•The Hovercraft by Jim Gray is published by Amberley at £14.99.
All today’s pictures are published courtesy of Amberley.