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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Built one (or two)...

When I were but a lad at school in SE London, a group of us tried to build a two-man hovercraft powered by (ISTR) a Vauxhall Viva engine, It wasn't very good - too heavy, even with the tubular chassis welded by the metalwork/DT teacher, Terry Kent. The chassis was too flexible and even with one schoolboy in it, it wasn't practical.

We subsequently built one or two (can't remember) single-person smaller craft powered by motorcycle engines. Lift fans were laboriously constructed out of beaten sheet aluminium and a huge number of pop-rivets (which meant that they weren't balanced very well) - thrust was from a commercial small prop. These were "OK" and were flown around the playing fields at the back of the DT workshops...

Sometimes wondered what happened to those...

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