Experiment Hover Craft

Trials In Small Gains Creek

By Ian Hawks

In 1960 Lt.Cdr. Don Robertson a retired test pilot with Supermarine approached G  Prout & Sons to build a small flat top catamaran so that he could  convert it into a hover craft using an outboard engine to power it with.  It worked but he had trouble keeping it in a straight course even with the use of an oar.

Photo:Note the missing jetties

Note the missing jetties

Ian Hawks

Photo:Keeping a straight course

Keeping a straight course

Ian Hawks

This page was added by Ian Hawks on 15/10/2010.

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