On a Cushion of Air

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Robin Paine, 2012 - Ground-effect machines - 711 pages
This is the story of how private foreign enterprise in the form of Swedish Lloyd and Swedish America Line, who formed a British company called 'Hoverlloyd', galvanised the British Government in to supporting this new concept in transport through the formation of a British Rail subsidiary called 'Seaspeed'.
 

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Contents

Introduction
14
Prologue
16
Introducing the SR N4 Mk 1
20
N1 to
37
The Inventor and his Invention
39
SaundersRoe Boats Planes Rockets and Hovercraft
51
SR N1 The First Manned Model
76
The First Crossing of the English Channel
95
Avoiding Collision
379
Looking after People
397
Keeping Things Moving
426
Making a Profit
445
The Hoverlloyd Years
475
Ramsgate to Calais
477
SR N4 Hoverlloyd The First Years
504
Developments 1972 1977
531

The Dawn of an Industry
113
VickersArmstrongs Enters the Market
151
The Early Hovercraft Operators
167
1965 The Birth of Seaspeed
200
The SR N4 Takes Shape
236
CrossChannel Adventures
251
CrossChannel Adventures
253
The Battle for Pegwell
279
The SR N4 Prototype Trials
295
1968 001 at Dover
307
Hoverlloyds Hovernauts
327
Cadet to Hovercraft Pilot
329
Driving the SR N4
350
The Peak Years 1977 1979
561
The Final Years
591
Bigger and Better?
593
1980 The Beginning of the End
614
The End
645
Hoverlloyd a Eulogy
659
Extracts from Bob Straths Log Book
667
Hovercraft Licensing
673
Measuring Speed
680
Bibliography
684
Glossary of Terms
685
Index
690
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