it all started
Hovercraft is also sometime called an Air Cushion Vehicle or
ACV. This is a vehicle that flies like a plane but can float
like a boat, can drive on land like a car but will traverse
ditches and small gullies like it is flat terrain. The
Hovercraft is a unique method of transportation.
Hovercraft are used for many applications where people or
equipment need to travel at speed over water but be able to load
and unload on land. The hovercraft engine provides the power to
drive large fans that blow air under the craft. The air is
retained by a rubber ‘skirt’ that enables the craft to
travel over a wide range of terrain. The skirt simply gives way
when an obstacle is encountered.
engine also supplies power to a thrust propeller of some kind
that pushes the craft forward on its ‘bubble' of air. Rudders,
like on a airplane, steer the direction of the craft.
how did this craft come to be designed, who worked on the
design and who invented the Hovercraft? Well, it all started with
two tin cans and a vacuum cleaner……… 'Discover the
Hovercraft' tells you how and when it all happened.