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History of the Hovercraft
The formative years of today's practical hovercraft began as an idea to reduce the drag placed on boats and ships as they plough through water at high speeds. The term 'hovercraft' was actually a commercial name patented in 1955, then subsequently released to public domain. The hovercraft concept, however, can be traced back to the early 1700's.

The principle behind today's hovercraft was originally demonstrated by Sir Christopher Cockerell in 1955, using a contraption constructed with a cat food can, a coffee can and a set of kitchen scales. During recent decades, this early demonstration has metamorphosed into a vehicle that now performs a multitude of vital services: saving lives in rescue operations; transporting military troops; ferrying passengers; and providing a vast array of recreational opportunities to people throughout the world.

The history of the hovercraft is a rich one, created by unique individuals with extraordinary vision and perseverance. The Hovercraft History Links below will introduce you to these hovercraft pioneers and to their innovative ideas.

Submit Your Nation's Hovercraft History

Our hovercraft history articles currently focus on developments in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. The evolution of the hovercraft, however, was considerably influenced by local environments, therefore each nation has it's own unique story to tell.

We invite you to help build a comprehensive and accurate history of the hovercraft by submitting your country's hovercraft history to hovermail@neoterichovercraft.com.

 
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