21 July 2012 - 22 July 2012
This year marks a special anniversary in the history of hovercraft. Fifty years ago on the 20th July 1962 - the worlds first passenger hovercraft service was launched at the seaside resort of Rhyl in North Wales.
The backdrop was the swinging 60s' and the hovercraft was an exciting and alluring new form of transport. The trial 'Hover Coach' service was operated by B.A.E. headed by the well know airline entrepreneur Freddy Laker. The futuristic looking machine which was described as sounding 'exactly like that of a four engined jet airliner' captured the public & medias attention. This inaugural service saw the 24 seat craft flying passengers along a carefully chosen 19 mile route to Moreton on the Wirral and back for £2. Passengers flew in airline style comfort thanks to luxurious seating - an onboard loo - double glazed windows and the services of a steward.
At Hovershow 2012 we dedicated the center of the main hangar to commemorate the service and the hovercraft which carried those first paying passengers - the Vickers Armstrong VA.3. Central to the display was one of the only surviving pieces from the craft - one of its two sizeable lift fans.
The Hovercraft Museum is run by dedicated enthusiasts - engineers - pilots and retired crew. The Hovercraft Museum Trust hopes to be able to open the collection on a more permanent basis on the site in the future. Appointments for students - colleges - schools - groups and individuals or anyone interested in engineering and technology can be booked at reasonable rates. You can find more details here
A Hampshire History
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