Because it can cope with any reasonable flat terrain, regardless of soil characteristics and seasonal conditions, they skirted hovercraft also fits in admirably with the overall pattern of development in remote areas […]
|Book cover finish
|Hardcover ( square back binding )
|Used very good
|Number of pages
|11.5 x 18 cm
| Jane's Publishing Company
Had it not been for the spectacular advances in marine vehicle design demonstrated by pioneers like Sir Christopher Cockerell and Baron Hanns von Schertel during the past twenty-five years ship speeds at the turn of the 21st century would have shown little’ improvement since ’1895. The little Saunders-Roe SR.N1 completed its dramatic English Channel flight in July 1959, and the first scheduled hydrofoil service between Sicily and the Italian mainland with the Supramar PT 20 began in August 1956.
Today thousands of hovercraft and hydrofoils of all shapes and sizes are operated for profit, pleasure and public service in over sixty different countries. Both breeds of craft are now accepted as routine modes of transport and carry millions of passengers annually between towns and cities and from one country to another with greater speed, safety and comfort than ever before. Nor is the future of these craft limited to passenger carrying. Because it can cope with any reasonable flat terrain, regardless of soil characteristics and seasonal conditions, they skirted hovercraft also fits in admirably with the overall pattern of development in remote areas.
Hover platforms, self-propelled and towed barges are being applied to the task of opening up new energy and mineral sources, while hovercraft icebreakers are steadily increasing demand for icebreaking duties on vital inland waterways when traffic is disrupted by iced-up rivers […]