Vehicle that could move over the ground and water, floating on a layer of air.
The first working hovercraft was invented and patented by the English inventor Christopher Cockerell in 1956.
Originally it tested in 1955 using an empty KiteKat cat food tin inside a coffee tin.
The SR-N1 ( (Saunders-Roe – Nautical One) hovercraft research vehicle was built by Saunders-Roe on the Isle of Wight and ‘flew’ for the first time on the 11 June 1959.
On 25 July1959 the 20ft the prototype craft, which was capable of carrying four men at a speed of 28mph (45km/h), crossing the English Channel from Calais to Dover in two hours with Christopher Cockerell onboard.
In the UK, commercial cross-channel hovercraft operations ceased in 2000, due to competition from large ferries, although a service still operates across the Solent from Southsea to Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
The Hovercraft Museum at Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, England, houses the world's largest collection of hovercraft designs, including some of the earliest and largest
- 10 days from now, July 14, 2022, Hovercraft celebrate exactly 23,000 days
- 21 days from now, July 25, 2022, Hovercraft celebrate 63rd birthday
- 57 days from now, August 31, 2022, Hovercraft celebrate 262nd Mercury age
- 110 days from now, October 22, 2022, Hovercraft celebrate exactly 3,300 weeks
- 144 days from now, November 25, 2022, Hovercraft celebrate exactly 760 months
- 145 days from now, November 26, 2022, Hovercraft celebrate 263rd Mercury age
- 154 days from now, December 5, 2022, Hovercraft celebrate 103rd Venus age
- 158 days from now, December 9, 2022, Hovercraft celebrate exactly 2,000,000,000 seconds
- 204 days from now, January 23, 2023, Hovercraft celebrate 64th half birthday
- 233 days from now, February 22, 2023, Hovercraft celebrate 264th Mercury age