The hovercraft has a variety of names aeroglisseur in france luftkissenboot in germany ground effect machine in the usa surface effect ship skimmer or air cushioned vehicle acv and the hovercraft museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to showcasing this unique invention. Hovercraft history timeline created by lkoller in science and technology jan 1 1716 the shipbuilder sir john isaac thornycroft patented an early design for an air cushion ship hovercraft in the 1870s but suitable powerful engines were not available until the 20th century wikipedia. The history of the hovercraft the hovercraft was originally invented in england by sir christopher cockerill in the mid 1950s cockerill was a fascinating character born in 1910 near cambridge where he studied engineering at university he had previously worked on the invention of radar for the marconi company. The srn1 the first ever hovercraft is now proudly housed by the science museum and this invention enjoys an active role in many arenas this detailed book delves into the crafts history from the early days of its development through to its commercial and military applications
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