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Luftkissenfahrzeuge - Weltweit

Als Mischung aus Fluggerät, Landfahrzeug und Schiff schweben Luftkissenfahrzeuge kontaktlos über alle Untergründe hinweg und sind somit vielseitig einsetzbar. Die ersten tauglichen Entwürfe entstanden in den 1950er-Jahren für den Passagierbetrieb und bis heute sind sie weltweit im Gebrauch.
Dabei reicht die Spanne von kleinen Einmann-Geräten bis hin zu den fast 600-Tonnen-Monstern der russischen Pomornik-Klasse.

Auch die Sonderform der Ekranoplane (Bodeneffektfahrzeuge) wird umfassend beleuchtet: Ihre größten Vertreter waren bis zu 500 km/h schnelle und von mehreren Düsentriebwerken angetriebene Giganten.

Author:Horst W. Laumanns
Specs:176 pages, 26.5 x 23 cm / 10.4 x 9.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2021)
EAN:9783613043558
Book: Luftkissenfahrzeuge - Weltweit

Luftkissenfahrzeuge - Weltweit

Language: German

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The Hovercraft - Photographs from the Archives of the World's Only Hovercraft Museum

Lee-on-the-Solent is synonymous with planes and seaplanes, but it is also the home of another, slightly more unusual vehicle - the hovercraft.

After the first cross-channel crossing by a hovercraft in 1959, there was a revolution in design and development. Within a decade, the mighty SRN4, capable of carrying 400 passengers and sixty cars across the English Channel in less than forty minutes, had arrived.
As the commercial hovercraft thrived, the military also continued to innovate; the British Interservice Hovercraft (Trials) Unit (IHTU) being established in 1961.

Utilising the archive of the world's only hovercraft museum, based in Lee-on-the Solent and boasting more than seventy historic craft, Jim Gray uses a wealth of rare and unpublished images to explore the importance and impact of the hovercraft, offering a fascinating glimpse into a vehicle that has captivated the imagination of the public for more than fifty years.

Author:Jim Gray
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 x 1.1 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 x 0.43 in, paperback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2017)
EAN:9781445672762
Book: The Hovercraft - Photographs from the Archives of the World's Only Hovercraft Museum

The Hovercraft - Photographs from the Archives of the World's Only Hovercraft Museum

Language: English

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Hovercraft - The Story of a Very British Invention

One senses that author Arthur Ord-Hume feels a kindred spirit with Sir Christopher Cockerell, inventor of the hovercraft, when he describes it as a very British invention meaning, as he woefully describes it, that its inventor was largely ignored in his lifetime and his invention as almost forgotten.

The whole story has a familiar ring to it with the product going to be the future of our transport needs to a curiosity used for fun or for such specialised uses they are mainly out of the public eye.

Arthur writes engagingly and tells the stories of the technical development alongside the human ones, but this is a book that mainly looks back at the heyday of the hovercraft and as such should bring back memories for those of a certain age.

Author:Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hum
Specs:96 pages, 27.5 x 21 cm / 10.8 x 8.25 in, paperback
Illustrations:168 b&w photographs
Publisher:Stenlake Publishing (GB, 2016)
EAN:9781840337389
Book: Hovercraft - The Story of a Very British Invention

Hovercraft - The Story of a Very British Invention

Language: English

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The Hovercraft Story

The hovercraft, Christopher Cockerell's 1950s invention, has found a multitude of uses across numerous arenas, from cross-Channel ferries and leisure cruising to racing at up to 80mph; it has modernised travel and has an impressive safety record, yet despite this little has been written about this, one of the most innovative modes of transport.
This colourful book decisively redresses the balance and comprehensively reveals the history of the hovercraft, through photographs and diagrams, making it an invaluable addition to every enthusiast's library.

Author:Ashley Hollebone
Specs:128 pages, 12.5 x 19.5 x 1.4 cm / 4.9 x 7.7 x 0.55 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous colour photographs
Publisher:The History Press Ltd (GB, 2011)
EAN:9780752461281
Book: The Hovercraft Story

The Hovercraft Story

Language: English

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On a Cushion of Air - The Story of Hoverlloyd and the Cross-Channel Hovercraft (Hard Cover)

This is the story of how private foreign enterprise in the form of Swedish Lloyd and Swedish America Line, who formed a British company called 'Hoverlloyd', galvanised the British Government in to supporting this new concept in transport through the formation of a British Rail subsidiary called 'Seaspeed'.

Author:Robin Paine, Roger Syms
Specs:700 pages, 22.5 x 16 x 4.2 cm / 8.9 x 6.3 x 1.65 in, hardback
Publisher:Robin Paine and Roger Syms (GB, 2012)
EAN:9780956897817
Book: On a Cushion of Air - The Story of Hoverlloyd and the Cross-Channel Hovercraft (Hard Cover)

On a Cushion of Air - The Story of Hoverlloyd and the Cross-Channel Hovercraft (Hard Cover)

Language: English

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The Hovercraft - A History

The hovercraft was first created in 1959, when Sir Christopher Cockerell came up with a prototype that crossed the English Channel. The SRN-1, the first ever hovercraft, is now proudly housed by the Science Museum and this very British invention enjoys an active role in many arenas, from travel, leisure cruising and racing to lifesaving and transporting goods.

This detailed book delves into the history of the hovercraft, from the early days of its development through to the commercial and military applications of the craft. It looks into the exciting world of hovercraft leisure, cruising and racing from amateur to Formula 1, and also explores the important role the hovercraft plays in rescues whether on water or delivering aid around the word in places that helicopters can't reach. Finally, it details the types of hovercraft in use today, and what the future holds.

Author:Ashley Hollebone
Specs:192 pages, 24.5 x 17 x 1.4 cm / 9.7 x 6.7 x 0.55 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:The History Press Ltd (GB, 2012)
EAN:9780752464794
Book: The Hovercraft - A History

The Hovercraft - A History

Language: English

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