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The Hovercraft Museum


Hovercraft Museum, Building 40, Daedalus Site
Argus Gate, Chalk Lane
Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire

The Hovercraft Museum based in Lee-on-the-Solent has the only collection in the world of historic Hovercraft in the World! 
There are 60 Hovercraft within several hangars on the Daedalus site. 

Every year we have a major Hovershow event when you can experience the thrill of hovercraft trips, displays of modern and historic craft and see many more on display. The 2009 event was special as it was the 50th Anniversary of the first operational hovercraft, the SR.N1, which crossed the English Channel on 25th July 1959 with Sir Christopher Cockerell aboard. The inventor's daughter, Frances Cockerell, opened the show. The Hovershow has four days of family entertainment, helicopter & hovercraft rides, refreshments, fair and stalls. There will be hovercraft services to and from the show, where the two largest hovercraft in the world will be fully open.

The museum is run by dedicated enthusiasts, engineers, pilots and retired crew. The Hovercraft Museum Trust hopes to be able to open the collection on a more permanent basis on the site in the future. Appointments for students, colleges, schools, groups and individuals or anyone interested in engineering and technology can be booked at reasonable rates. Membership costs £25 per year and includes visits, regular newsletters, events, use of library and archives and access to the collection.

The Museum Trust is self-supporting and with limited opening days, no employed staff and a few volunteer crew, has managed to grow and survive thanks to the dedication of its supporters and enthusiasm of its members and support & assistance from the hovercraft industry.

On the 50th anniversary year of the hovercraft being launched and crossing the English Channel under its own power, it is our wish to have a spectacular show to celebrate this once in a lifetime anniversary, and path the way to establishing a permanent Hovercraft museum telling the story of this marvellous invention which still has applications worldwide.

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