The Hovercraft. By Brianna Rothert. Was born June 10,1910 Graduated from Peterhouse Collage Began experimenting on how to make boats go faster Created first model of hovercraft in 1955 Died June 1, 1999 at the age of 98. Christopher Cockerell Part 1.
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By Brianna Rothert
Was born June 10,1910
Graduated from Peterhouse Collage
Began experimenting on how to make boats go faster
Created first model of hovercraft in 1955
Died June 1, 1999 at the age of 98
After collage Mr. Cockerell began working on radios and electronics
1935 he went to work at a Marconi Company where he produced broadcasting equipment for televisions (click)
1939 he created one of the first radio detectors for the war (click)
After World War Two he bought a boating business
In figuring ways to make boats go faster Christopher got an idea that in order to lift the extra weight it would have to be supported on an air cushion
1953 Mr. Cockerell began to work on the hovercraft
July 25,1959 he went over the English Chanel at 30 miles per hour, floating 15 inches above the surface.
1955 a mini model was made of the hovercraft using materials like an industrial air blower, a pair kitchen scales a, and cat food container inside a coffee tin.
Using this test he began thinking up the first hovercraft design
A giant fan on the bottom of the hovercraft creates a powerful wind (click)
This wind fills the “skirt” ,or air cushion, allowing it to float
A second fan faces backward which lets the hovercraft move forward
The hovercraft was a major help in the war
It’s ability to float on water and land enabled us to go almost anywhere
We would use it most to drop off troops and supplies not so much as to travel
The military hovercraft was also used for search and rescue
There are many kinds of hovercrafts
The big ones that can carry up to 480 people and 60 cars (click)
The fast ones that can reach over 85 miles per hour (click)
And the light ones that weigh under 80 pounds
Today most hovercrafts are used in races
There are many different shapes and sizes of the hovercraft
I predict that in the future everyone will own their own hovercraft
The hovercraft would be almost quiet and run on an affordable resource
Cars would be obsolete and most likely forgotten except for those lower income people who can’t afford a hovercraft