The Flying Hovercraft that makes 70 mph will blow your mind
We were waiting for flying cars but got a flying hovercraft instead. There have been aircraft that can land on water for many years. Meet Hammacher Schlemmer's "Flying Hovercraft," which can fly over both land and water.
The company claims that the Flying Hovercraft, which has a futuristic design, has a 130-hp twin-cylinder liquid-cooled turbo gasoline engine; therefore, internal combustion is the only option; there is no electrification. The Flying Hovercraft’s engine allows it to travel up to 155 miles (250 km) at 70 mph (113 kph) and 20 feet (six meters) above the ground.
The Flying Hovercraft spins a 60-inch (152 cm) wood and carbon composite propeller, and a 34-inch lift fan rotating at 1,100 rpm balances it out. The skirt beneath the hovercraft, which is constructed of sturdy nylon with vinyl coating, inflates. The company claims the hovercraft can fly in winds up to 25 mph (40 kph) and waves up to six feet (1.80 meters) due to its low center of gravity and composite fiberglass and PVC hull.
The company states, “Operating in freshwater or saltwater, and up to 30 percent inclines over sand, mud, grass, swamp, desert, ice, and snow. Its wings and horizontal elevator enable pilots to simply hop over water- or land-based obstacles up to 20 feet (1.80 meters) high. Insurmountable to a typical hovercraft.”
The hovercraft can carry up to 600 lbs (270 kg) in flight, including the pilot and passengers. A joystick is used to operate the elevator and three vertical rudders of the craft. A twist friction-lock throttle and a variable drive system that manages the lift fan allow for simultaneous forward speed and hovering control, respectively.
The pilot must reduce the lift fan's RPMs in order to break. Finally, the hovercraft can safely return to the earth thanks to Kevlar composite landing skids.
One of these flying hovercrafts might make your upcoming lake or river vacation an entirely new experience. But of course, a boat license is required for piloting, and $190,000 to purchase the Flying Hovercraft.
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