‘Hoverwing’ tested in New Zealand

Hovercraft in New Zealand

For travellers who can’t decide whether to sail or fly, it is the perfect compromise.

Rudy Heeman has developed a hovercraft with the ability to lift- off, leaving other waterbased craft in its wake.

By James Bond standards it may seem a little dated, but the inventor is hoping there may be a commercial market for his creation, the hoverwing.

Mr Heeman spent 11 years and tens of thousands of pounds perfectingthe design. In the process he has educated himself in the art of laminating fibreglass and modifying car engines. He also had to learn basic aeronautics to be able to fly it.

The hoverwing sets off like a normal-hovercraft but when it reaches top speed of 60mph, its wings can be extended and it takes flight.  Mr Heeman is guarding the technical details as an industrial secret.

Source:  Daily Mail

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