World’s Largest Hovercrafts Hitting Speeds Up To 95 MPH

By: | July 9th, 2013

Hovercraft Retusche Ausschnitt

Hovercrafts travel on an air-cushion and can travel over earth, water and ice. They operate by creating a cushion of low-pressure, high volume air between the hull and ground. The hovercraft travels about 8 inches (205 mm) to 25 inches above surface. Power is typically provided by high performance engines like the Rolls-Royce Proteus marine turbo engines powering “lift fans.” Hovercrafts steer using pylon-mounted steerable propulsion propellers.

The Largest Non-Military Hovercraft In The World

The BHC SRN4 was the world’s largest non-military hovercraft. It carried 60 vehicles and up to 418 people. The craft weighed 190 long tons (193 t) and traveled at a speed of 83 knots (154 km/h). The SRN4 operated in the English Channel between 1968 and 2000.


The British Hovercraft Museum has more information.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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