Flying Hovercraft

This $190,000 Hoverwing Flying Hovercraft can reach speeds of up to 70mph on surfaces that include fresh water, salt water, snow, sand, swamp, desert and ice. It’s powered by a 130-hp twin-cylinder, turbocharged liquid-cooled gasoline engine that drives its 60″ wood/carbon composite thrust propeller while a 1,100-rpm 34″ lift fan inflates its durable vinyl-coated nylon skirt for hovering above the ground. It has room for both a pilot and a passenger. Continue reading for a video and more information.

“A joystick controls three vertical rudders and the elevator, a twist friction-lock throttle controls forward speed, and a variable drive system controls the lift fan for hovering. Braking is provided by lowering the lift fan’s rpms; comes to rest on Kevlar composite landing skids. Its low center of gravity and composite fiberglass/PVC hull enable it to operate in winds up to 25 mph and waves up to 6′ when in flight. Two nine-gallon gasoline tanks provide a 160-mile range,” reports the manufacturer.