The inhabitants of several small Canadian and American islands in Lake Erie may soon be benefiting from the invention of the Hovercraft.
MS Hovercraft being lowered into water
MS Men on shore watching
MS Crewmember standing on craft as it is lowered
MS Hovercraft engine started
MS Hovercraft in water
MS Hovercraft begins to move away
MS Ice on water
MS Hovercraft moving over water
CS Man with microphone talks to craft by radio
2 SHOTS Hovercraft moves over water
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Background: The inhabitants of several small Canadian and American islands in Lake Erie may soon be benefiting from the invention of the Hovercraft. A group of engineers is currently testing a large hovercraft to see if it can be used as a ferry to take goods and passengers to the lake islands.
Hovercraft have been used experimentally across the English Channel and at least once in commercial use in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
As far as it is know, this is the first series of test in the U.S. of a large hovercraft over a large body of frozen and partially frozen water. If the tests are successful, it will meanalot to the residents of Pelee Island, Ontario, Canada, and other U.S. and Canadian Islands in Lake Erie, who are virtually prisoners of the lake during the long winter months.
The Hovercraft in this film is made by the Bell Aerosystem Co., and rides over land, water on a four foot thick cushion of air. It cost 400,000 dollars to build, and can carry 15 passengers at speeds up to 65 miles per hour. It weighs 7 1/2 tons and is called a "Hydro-skimmer" by Bell.