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SEATTLE – There is something new skimming across the waters of Puget Sound and it deserves a closer look.
Meet the BHT-130, the newest in hovercraft technology, compliments of the Seattle-based Kvichak Marine Industries.
"It operates on a cushion of air. There's two lift engines that flood the skirts with air and lift it up off the water," said Keith Whittemore, Kvichak Marine Industries.
In other words, it floats over water, over land, or wherever.
For local viewers it's just an odd boat, but for people in the remote Alaskan village of King Cove, it can mean the difference between life and death. In winter, that Aleutian Island community is cut off from the rest of the world.
"There have been a lot of accidents, been a lot of challenges and frankly a lot of people dead because they were unable to medivac out to Anchorage or Seattle," said Whittemore.
And because much of the land up there is a wildlife refuge, they needed a craft that can go over the top of it without causing much disruption.
This new hovercraft can go over anything without leaving a mark.
The government would not allow roads to built in this sensitive area and in winter, its airport is unreachable. But this craft can get there, allow an ambulance to drive right on board and take off for the nearest hospital at 45 knots.
Its pilot compares it to riding a giant air hockey puck. You can change directions quickly, but it may take a while for the bow to catch up. The makers of the hovercraft have made similar vessels, but this is their biggest and most powerful.
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is controversial. In an email from Russell, Ontario, Canada, the secretary of the World Hovercraft Federation, Bob Rennick, said Bell Aerosystems recorded 105.8 mph with a 78ft SES-100B waterjet propelled sidewall vehicle in January 1980, but some experts had claimed that its rigid sidewalls prevented it being classified as a hovercraft as it was not an amphibious vehicle. The present world speed record
"I've spoken to a former HoverSpeed pilot who claims to have had an unladen SR.N4 [hovercraft engaged in a regular passenger service crossing the English Channel] up over 100 knots during testing after a refit," said Rennick.
"The only real recorded attempt at a speed record that I'm aware of was after the World Hovercraft Championships on the Rio Douro in Peso da Regua, Portugal, in September 1995. I was one of the officials for that event.
"Each vehicle had to cover a measured kilometre, first in one direction and then return. Their average time for the two runs was used for the speed record.
"Unfortunately, there was a huge bend in the river before the start, so there was no straight run-up, and a 60-foot dam at the end, so competitors let up on the throttle well before they completed their runs.
"Highest speed was
recorded on September 20, 1995 by American Bob Windt in a V-6 auto engine powered UH19P. Later in the week I climbed aboard together with a Portuguese official and two other American racers, with Bob driving, and we went for a blast down the river to a waiting riverside luncheon. 137.40 km/hr (85.376 mph)
"British car drivers who were going to the luncheon on a road parallel to the river told me later that they could not keep up with us - and their speedometers were reading over 100 mph. Our onboard air speed indicator was 'pegged' to the maximum of 100 knots.
"I firmly believe that that was the fastest any hovercraft has gone - and I was privileged to be aboard. It was unfortunate that we didn't take a GPS [global positioning system] with us to record the speed."
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HoverWorld Insider April 2005 Hovercraft News | Information | Events The Official Newsletter of the
============================================================= World Hovercraft Organization ============================================================= In this issue: - Sport and Recreation: Event news and updates - Education: Learning Takes Flight in school hovercraft programs - Commercial Applications: Hovercraft eliminates aviation threat - Rescue Operations: Hovercraft rescue pioneers - Hovercraft Industry: State of the Industry report 2005 ============================================================= HOVERCRAFT IN SPORT AND RECREATION ~~~ From the Hoverclub of America ~~~ * Hoosier Hovercraft Championship â THIS WEEKEND! * The Hoosier Hovercraft Championship is set for this weekend, Friday 29 April
through Sunday 1 May at Lazy L Lake in West Terre Haute, Indiana USA.
This is the perfect opportunity to see what hovercraft racing and cruising
are all about and to enjoy the camaraderie of the hovercraft world. For links to full information on this weekend's Hoosier Hovercraft Championship,
including the schedule of events and driving directions, read HoverWorld Insider
online at http://www.worldhovercraft.org/insider/apr05.htm * US National Hoverally â June 2005 * The largest hovercraft event in North America will be even larger this year!
The 30th Annual National Hoverally, 24-26 June 2005 in Chillicothe, Ohio
USA will offer more than $6,000 in purse money, scavenger hunts and raffle prizes. In addition, the Hoverally will be preceded by a special symposium, Hovercraft as
a Teaching Tool, on Friday 25 June. This symposium will present educators with
full instructions on how to establish hovercraft programs as a part of their school
curriculum. For more about Hoverally 2005, read HoverWorld Insider online
at http://www.worldhovercraft.org/insider/apr05.htm ~~~ From the World Hovercraft Federation ~~~ World Hovercraft Championship 2006 will take place 21-26 August 2006 in
at Lac du Tolerme, Lot, France. The debut of the WHC 2006 web site will
soon be announced.
Three nations have submitted bids for the 2008 World Hovercraft Championship:
the United States and Mauritius. The final selection will be announced after the
World Hovercraft Federation meeting in France in August 2006. For more about WHC 2006 and 2008, read HoverWorld Insider online
at http://www.worldhovercraft.org/insider/apr05.htm ============================================================= HOVERCRAFT IN EDUCATION ~~~ Learning Takes Flight: The DiscoverHover School Hovercraft Program ~~~ The DiscoverHover program, launched in 2003, now involves thousands of students
across the world. The program's web site, www.DiscoverHover.org, provides hovercraft
plans and instructions, Curriculum Guides, and comprehensive resources at no charge
to schools and universities, instructors, and students. The value of the program
is best illustrated in the praise it receives from member schools: * From Robert Forbes, instructor, Wantirna College, Victoria, Australia: "We're beginning construction on our second hovercraft using the
DiscoverHover plans, because they work! The project has been a great experience.
One long-serving staff member says this is the best project he has seen at the
school in his 22 years." * From Tom Burridge, student, Wantirna College: "The DiscoverHover project has been by far the highlight of my time at secondary school." * From Robert Hodge, instructor, Ellicott Mills Middle School, Ellicott City, Maryland USA: "I've been teaching for 30 years and I cannot remember this level of excitement in any other
project I've done with students. It brings to life the math and science they're learning in
their other classes, and it excites them about education." * From Mike Naughton, instructor, Cary-Grove High School, Cary, Illinois USA: "One of the most valuable aspects of the project is the excitement of the students.
Our enrollment in Industrial Technology went up this year." * From Ryan Marsel, former student, Cary-Grove High School: "DiscoverHover gave me opportunities that many students couldn't dream of,
and helped me to enroll in the number one Aerospace Engineering school in the world." * From Dr. Cameron Coates, instructor, Armstrong Atlantic State University,
Savannah, Georgia USA: "It gives students experience with the practical aspects - money, budgeting,
hoosing the right component â the things you don't get in school." For links to photo galleries and complete stories on member schools' hovercraft
projects, and to learn how your school can become a DiscoverHover Featured School,
read HoverWorld Insider online at http://www.worldhovercraft.org/insider/apr05.htm * DiscoverHover competitions * Plans are underway to give students the opportunity to showcase their hovercraft
at national and international endurance racing events. US cities who have expressed
interest in hosting events are Terre Haute, Indiana; Las Vegas, Nevada;
and Orlando, Florida. Nations who have expressed interest in hosting international
events are Thailand, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. Watch for announcements
about these events on www.DiscoverHover.org and in future issues of HoverWorld Insider. * Hovercraft as a Teaching Tool * DiscoverHover founder and chairman, Chris Fitzgerald, will present the DiscoverHover
program at the symposium Hovercraft as a Teaching Tool, 24 June 2005 at the Hoverclub
of America's US National Rally. For complete details, and to register for the symposium,
read HoverWorld Insider online at http://www.worldhovercraft.org/insider/apr05.htm * New on www.DiscoverHover.org * The DiscoverHover web site has added several new sections, including requirements
for the DiscoverHover One hovercraft engine, new Featured Schools, and new
comments from students and instructors. New Curriculum Guides and other resources
will be added to the site beginning in June 2005. For more information and links to these new sections, read HoverWorld Insider online at http://www.worldhovercraft.org/insider/apr05.htm ============================================================= HOVERCRAFT IN COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ~~~ Hovercraft eliminates aviation threat at Batten International Airport ~~~ Orville and Wilbur Wright mastered in 1903 what birds have been doing for more
than 100 million years. Since that first human flight, the skies have become too
crowded for comfort, and feathers are flying in a flurry of bird-aircraft collisions. The problem, however, is no laughing matter. From 1990 to 2004, more than
56,000 bird-aircraft strikes were reported to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
Bird and wildlife strikes to aircraft worldwide cost military and commercia
l aviation more than $1 billion US a year, and more than 400 people have
been killed in the last 20 years in bird-aircraft collisions. Many airports spend hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on
bird mitigation efforts, including methods such as frightening birds with
model airplanes, recordings of birds in distress, fireworks, propane cannons,
flashing lights, laser-beam guns â¦ and filling bodies of water with grape Kool-Aid! Canadian geese are a large contributor to this worldwide aviation hazard.
John H. Batten Airport in Racine, Wisconsin USA is one of thousands of
airports worldwide who have tried one unsuccessful solution after
another on the Canadian goose dilemma. But unlike other airports, Batten International has the distinction of discovering
a solution that works â a hovercraft â for a one-time cost of around $10,000 US,
rather than billions. "It's the safest thing we could come up with," says
Airport Manager David Mann, "And the beautiful part is, it's working.
e hardly have any geese left!" To learn how Batten International's hovercraft has created safer skies,
cleaner water and a healthier bottom line, read HoverWorld Insider online at http://www.worldhovercraft.org/insider/apr05.htm ============================================================= HOVERCRAFT IN RESCUE OPERATIONS ~~~ North Muskegon Fire Department: hovercraft rescue pioneers ~~~ First responders worldwide now recognize the advantages hovercraft offer over
traditional lifeboats and other rescue vehicles. Because it hovers above the surface,
the hovercraft performs rapid, safe rescues on thin or broken ice, swift water, flood
waters and snow, giving rescuers access to areas a boat or helicopter cannot reach. North Muskegon Fire Department was the first fire department in Michigan USA
to recognize these advantages, pioneering in 1986 the first official use of a rescue
hovercraft in the state. Nearly fifteen years later, Fire Chief Steve Lague reports
that the craft is still in service, transporting about 230 people a year during
water and ice rescue operations. Chief Lague and his firefighters purchased their hovercraft as a kit and assembled i
t at the fire station. He reports, "This has been a perfect unit for us, flawless.
And the operating cost is only about $100 US a year." North Muskegon is located in an area in which winters can be especially brutal.
"In one day, we took about 35 people off the ice because conditions deteriorated
o rapidly they couldn't get into shore," says Lague, "Before the hovercraft we had
to rely on ropes, pushing out on ladders or whatever we could find. But the
hovercraft just flies right over deteriorated ice." Lague reports that his department can take an emergency call, dress, launch the
hovercraft and get to a victim on the other side of Muskegon Lake in less than
ten minutes â beating the county's Coast Guard helicopter every time. Before
e hovercraft, it would take them 45 minutes to an hour. He adds, "Swimming through or breaking your own ice to get to a victim is exhausting,
time consuming and unsafe. Cutting a hole in the ice with a chain saw to reach
someone is not real world rescue." To learn more about North Muskegon Fire Department's use of their rescue
hovercraft, with photos, read HoverWorld Insider online at http://www.worldhovercraft.org/insider/apr05.htm ============================================================= THE HOVERCRAFT INDUSTRY ~~~ 2005: The State of the Hovercraft Industry ~~~ The hovercraft has come a long way from Sir Christopher Cockerell's
experiments with coffee cans, a kitchen scale and a hairdryer in the
arly 1950s. Developments since then have taken the hovercraft from
the exclusive domain of inventors and governments and put it into t
e hands of the public. Once considered an impractical oddity, the hovercraft is used today
throughout the world for a myriad of purposes, including leisure
sport and racing; search and rescue; education; environmental
projects; tourism; ice fishing and hunting; agriculture; surveying;
flood control; water transport and icebreaking. We know where the hovercraft industry has been. But where is it now,
and where has it yet to go? To find the answers, HoverWorld Insider consulted hovercraft experts
and manufacturers in various locations throughout the world.
What emerged is a comprehensive overview of industry growth and
technological advances in the last two decades; factors affecting
growing public awareness of hovercraft; and future challenges and opportunities.
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HoverWorld Insider Hovercraft Events | News | Info The Official Newsletter of the
World Hovercraft Organization June 2004 In this issue: - Introduction - Upcoming Hovercraft Events - Guest Editorial: The Devilish Details - DiscoverHover: the Build-a-Hovercraft School Project - Hovercraft Adventures on the Lewis & Clark Trail - Beyond James Bond: Hovercraft in Corporate Team Building - Fast Facts about the World's First Hovercraft Race ============================================================ At its midway point, the year 2004 is living up to its declaration as the Year of
the Hovercraft. As we reviewed in a previous issue of HoverWorld Insider
this is the first time
in history that two major international hovercraft events
the World Hovercraft Championship and HoverWorld Expo 2004
will take place in the same year.
Event updates are included in this issue, including a Guest Editorial
by the Chairman of HoverWorld Expo 2004.
Those events, however, are primarily of interest only to those of us who
are already involved with the hovercraft. In the half century since
Sir Christopher Cockerell patented the first hovercraft, the general
public has considered it to be, at best, an oddity - if they consider the hovercraft at all.
Due mainly to the efforts of small manufacturers and individual enthusiasts, the hovercraft
is now emerging from the status of a weird hobby of the quirky few into mainstream
awareness. In addition to the heavy hovercraft use by ferry services and the military,
smaller recreational hovercraft are now being used by the general public in a variety
of interesting ways - from honoring pioneer explorers to corporate team building,
tourism, marketing and education.
Beginning with this issue, HoverWorld Insider will introduce you to some
unique ways hovercraft are used today.
============================================================ ---29th Annual Hoverclub of America National Hoverally--- 25-27 June 2004, Chillicothe, Ohio USA www.hoverclubofamerica.org This year's HCA National Hoverally, the largest hovercraft event in North
America, will be held for the first time in Chillicothe, Ohio and will include
the Ray Miller/Bob Carter Memorial Cruise on the Scioto River beginning
on 25 June, followed by HCA sanctioned racing, endurance racing and
model competitions 26-27 June.
The Hoverclub reports that Chillicothe is cruiser hovercraft heaven, and
participants will be able to cruise 60+ unobstructed river miles upstream
to Columbus, Ohio. Volunteers to help with the event are needed, so be
sure to check out
for more information www.hoverclubofamerica.org
and a listing of additional events.
---2004 World Hovercraft Championship--- 31 Aug. - 5 Sept. 2004, Berlin, Germany www.whc2004.com The website of the World Hovercraft Federation's 2004 World
Hovercraft Championship is currently under development,
so be sure to watch
for news about the www.whc2004.com
event. You might also visit the WHF website at
---HoverWorld Expo 2004--- 28 Dec. 2004 - 3 Jan. 2005, Canberra, Australia www.HoverWorldExpo.com Read on for detailed news about the World Hovercraft Organization's
HoverWorld Expo 2004 in this issue's Guest Editorial by Expo
Chairman Chris Fitzgerald. The event will commemorate the
40th Anniversary of the World's First Hovercraft Race,
held in Canberra in 1964.
To date, 50 participants from seven nations are registered to attend, and
according to Ken Osmond, President of the Australian Hovercraft Federation,
HoverWorld Expo 2004 is going to be "the most exciting hover event
ever conducted in Australia." New information is continually
posted, so bookmark
and visit often. www.HoverWorldExpo.com ============================================================ by Chris Fitzgerald, Chairman, HoverWorld Expo 2004 ---The Devilish Details: Update on HoverWorld Expo 2004--- This time two years ago I was in the midst of planning World Hovercraft
Week 2002 in Terre Haute, Indiana USA. I fondly recall that only a
gentleman's agreement was required for city officials to enthusiastically
embrace the event and jump into action. With only a brief letter of
agreement, the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau
provided $20,000 in seed money; city leaders eagerly joined the
Board of Directors and went to work.
The scenario is a bit different with HoverWorld Expo 2004 in Australia,
where a formidable number of governmental approvals and permits
must be in place before the event can happen. As someone once said,
governmental regulations are a lot like catsup or tomato sauce
you either get none or far more than you want!
Even so, we are forging ahead and amassing the required
documentation that will allow us to create an event to remember.
In March of this year, I spent two weeks in Sydney, Melbourne
and Canberra to jump-start the Expo planning process, and
would like to provide the following update
============================================================ www.DiscoverHover.org Since the World Hovercraft Organization's DiscoverHover program was
introduced late last year, hundreds of schools, organizations and
individual students have registered to receive the program's free
hovercraft plans and building instructions. The plans are now
nearing completion for download from
. www.DiscoverHover.org The original plans consisted of only two blueprints and minimal
detail, so the first task was to convert the blueprints into AutoCAD
files and to bring them into conformance with professional
drawing practices. Tim Envall of Australia, and engineering
students from Indiana State University in the USA initiated
this work, which was then reviewed and modified by Rob Wilson,
Technical Director for Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. in the USA
nd Neoteric Engineering Affiliates Pty. Ltd. in Australia.
Since DiscoverHover participants will have the opportunity
to race their hovercraft in competitions throughout the world,
including HoverWorld Expo 2004, the next task was to
redesign the craft in order to make it easier to transport.
The new DiscoverHover hovercraft will be a modular design:
the cockpit, the hull or base, the thrust duct and the engine
module can be separated for shipping. This allows the craft
to nest together to reduce shipping volume for international
transport. The modular design is also an advantage when
transporting the hovercraft in a small cargo or passenger van
or a pickup truck.
In addition to new and improved plans, the DiscoverHover program
is receiving tremendous support from Questacon, Australia's
National Science and Technology Centre [
Questacon recently announced that $50,000 of their budget will be
dedicated to exhibits and programs that tie in with
DiscoverHover and HoverWorld Expo 2004.
According to Em Taylor of Questacon, "We are hoping to build
a HoverChair, put displays on the history and the technology in
the foyer, produce a promotional flyer for schools and members,
and bring out the exhibit from the British Hovercraft Museum,
plus a few other things."
For those of you who have already registered to receive the
DiscoverHover free hovercraft plans, be sure to check the website
often for their upcoming availability. For those who have not
yet registered, don't miss this chance for a life-changing experience.
All information on , including the hovercraft www.DiscoverHover.org
plans, is free to schools and universities, to instructors, to youth
organizations and to students age 7 to 21 anywhere in the world.
If you don't fit into one of these categories, you can still
purchase the plans for a nominal fee.
============================================================ In May 1804 near the frontier community of St. Louis, Meriwether Lewis
and William Clark issued a one-word command - "Sail" - and plunged
into the unknown on the historic expedition to the Pacific Ocean that
opened the American Northwest.
Two hundred years later, a different one-word command - "Hover" -
has launched two separate teams of hovercraft trailblazers who are
honoring the pioneer explorers by hovering in their footsteps, while
they spread the word about hovercraft and introduce the
DiscoverHover school hovercraft program to students across America.
The last issue of HoverWorld Insider, the story "From Sea to Shining Sea in
a Hovercraft" previewed British citizen Robert Hodson's two-year Trans
American Hovercraft Adventure from Savannah, Georgia
to the Pacific Ocean the longest hovercraft trek in history.
Last month a second group of adventurers, an American
hovercraft team from Universal Hovercraft also re-blazed the Lewis & Clark Trail from
the St. Louis area to Yankton, South Dakota.
With thanks to Robert Hodson; Bill Zang, Bob Windt
and their colleagues at Universal Hovercraft; and Harold Carter
of the Hoverclub of America, we share with you the experiences
of these modern day explorers
============================================================ Team building has become a corporate staple in America and Europe
during the last decade, and continues to be a growing trend throughout
the world. It is estimated that in America alone, companies spent
at least $21 billion last year on team building exercises and "adventures."
The philosophy behind corporate team building is that companies
learn to work together more effectively by learning to play together
- resulting in improved morale and team spirit, increased motivation,
greater efficiency and productivity, a dramatic reduction in employee
turnover, and a positive impact on the bottom line.
The "family atmosphere" that quickly develops amongst hovercrafters
is well known to those in the sport, so it is perhaps no great surprise
that corporations are realizing that hovering can foster business and
employee relationships as well. Beyond being Hollywood entertainment
and a fun sport, hovercraft can mean serious business. Do a search for
"corporate team building AND hovercraft" and Google now displays
nearly 5,000 results.
HoverWorld Insider brings you the stories of three progressive
corporations who are using hovercraft to build a better company:
---Revolutionary Hovercraft at Revcor--- Revcor Revolutionary Air Flow, based in Chicago, Illinois USA
with locations in Fort Worth, Texas USA and Juarez, Mexico,
are utilizing hovercraft for not only corporate team building
but as a branding and marketing concept and customer incentive.
Revcor purchased their first hovercraft late last year from
Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc. and named
it "Revolutionary Air One." Archie Eschborn, Vice President of Sales
and Marketing, reports, "Hovercrafts are here to stay at Revcor and
are actually a similar technology to our core technology at Revcor air movement
---Thrillseekers, Unlimited: Hovercraft Extreme Team Building--- Thrillseekers, Unlimited, a US company with branches in Las Vegas,
New York and Hollywood, offers hovercraft racing as a part of their
Extreme Team Building program. The Future Sports section of their
website explains, "You will float on an 8-inch cushion of air at speeds up
to 50 mph across a wide-open dry lake bed in the desert just outside of Las Vegas"
---Chillisauce: Team Building Hovercraft Racing--- Chillisauce, with scores of locations throughout the
United Kingdom, offers hovercraft racing as a team building
exercise and for corporate events and group weekends as well.
According to Chillisauce, "Even for those who have done every other
conceivable motor sport, hovercraft racing is somewhat of a unique experience.
They handle like no other machine, powersliding across the surface whether on land or water"
============================================================ The World's First Hovercraft Race took place on 14 March 1964 - only
five years after the first hovercraft flew in Great Britain - on Canberra,
Australia's new, partially filled, £2 ½ million Lake Burley Griffin.
HoverWorld Expo 2004, 28 Dec. 2004 3 Jan. 2005, will commemorate
the 40th anniversary of the World's First Race, and illustrate just how far
hovercraft racing has come in the last four decades.
---A hovercraft is a hovercraft by any other name--- The 1964 news media struggled with what to call those newfangled hovering
thingamajigs. One reporter referred to them as "strange craft that combine
some of the qualities of a lawn mower, speedboat, helicopter and egg
beater." Other media reported on the world's first "hoverboat race" and the
world's first "hover vehicle race."
The Canberra Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society tried to ease the
confusion by explaining that 'hovercraft' was a proprietary name; that the
proper term in Britain was 'air cushion vehicle' and in America, 'ground
but the media preferred various forms of 'hover-something-or-other.'
But all agreed that whatever they were, it was the first time in history that
more than two of them were brought to the same place at the same time in
order to compete. It was estimated that that only 18 of whatever they were existed in Australia in 1964!
---What? We're racing on water?--- Prior to the race, most of the ten entrants had never hovered on water; in fact, two
of them started building their hovercraft only a week before the race! Contestant
Dan Reece explained to the media, "We have never been able to get permission
to go on water in the Australian Capital Territory before
We've had to use
backyards and paddocks."
Two entries tried to get a leg up on the competition. On their way to the race,
the Queensland entry, to much amusement, tested their craft on a swimming pool
at a Royal Australian Air Force base, and the South Australia entry took a dip on
Lake Torrens the week before the race.
Allen Hawkins, first place winner, said, "Taking the water for the first time was a real
shock. It was like riding a thundercloud
I didn't have much control and wind blew me about."
Judy Papps, a spectator at the 1964 event, recalls, "What is most vivid in my mind is how
funny it was watching the hovercraft going off in all directions not necessarily the
one the driver intended!"
No doubt due to being hover landlubbers prior to the race, only five of the ten craft finished;
three had to be towed ashore, once capsized twice, and one sank out of sight altogether.
---The Disappearing Hovercraft--- While being towed, Frank Greenham's hovercraft suddenly disappeared into the waters
of Lake Burley Griffin. Although only partially filled, the lake was sufficiently deep and
murky to make finding the craft a real treasure hunt. Skin divers plunged in at the end of
the day to search for the craft, but came up empty-handed. The disappearing hovercraft
was finally located and fished out of the lake by the Water Police, with the aid of grapnels,
four days after the race.
---And the world was watching--- The World's First Hovercraft Race attracted journalists, press and television cameras,
and an estimated 10,000 - 20,000 spectators, more than one in seven of the entire population
of Canberra. The race, according to news reports, provided them with "plenty of excitement
and amusement" as they watched the genesis of the sport of hovercraft racing struggle
with it's 'training wheels.'
Although the participants were certainly dampened in other ways as they capsized
and faltered and sank, their spirits remained undaunted. These were true hover
pioneers, with little to guide them. As contestant Dan Reece said in 1964, "You can't just
go out and buy a book
you just have to figure out what makes them go and work
out a design for yourself."
The sport is where it is today because of these pioneers, who predicted back
then that the last word in hovercraft design would not be said for many years,
and believed from the beginning that hovercrafting would be "big-time" in years to come.
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