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    A "GROUND EFFECT MACHINE", JAPAN'S ANSWER TO THE BRITISH HOVERCRAFT, GOT ITS TRIAL WORKOUT RECENTLY IN A FLOODED DRY DOCK OF THE MITSUBISHI SHIPBUILDING AND ENGINEERING COMPANY A NAGASAKI.

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    A "GROUND EFFECT MACHINE", JAPAN'S ANSWER TO THE BRITISH HOVERCRAFT, GOT ITS TRIAL WORKOUT RECENTLY IN A FLOODED DRY DOCK OF THE MITSUBISHI SHIPBUILDING AND ENGINEERING COMPANY A NAGASAKI.KNOWN BY ITS INITIALS AS THE "GEM", THE CRAFT IS DRIVEN BY A AIRCRAFT-TYPE PROPELLER MOUNTED AFT, AND FLOATS ABOVE THE SURFACE OF THE WATER ON A CUSHION OF AIR.

    A LARGE, HORIZONTAL FAN MOUNTED AMIDSHIPS JUST BEHIND THE STRANGLE CRAFT'S PILOTHOUSE, RAISES THE GEM ABOVE THE SURFACE OF THE AIR OR ROUND, WHILE THE PROPELLER GIVES IT A SPEED OF ABOUT 30 MILES AN HOUR.THE CRAFT'S "SERVICE CEILING" IS 10 INCHES.IN OTHER WORDS, IT FLOATS IN THE AIR LESS THAN A FOOT ABOVE THE SURFACE OF THE WATER.

    CREWMEN DONNED LIFE BELTS AND TOOK THE GEM "UP" FOR A SPIN IN THE BIG DRY DOCK AT MITSUBISHI'S SHIPYARD.SECURED BY GUIDELINES, MANNED BY WORKMEN WALKING ALONG THE DOCK, THE AIR-CUSHION CRAFT SLOWLY TRAVERSED THE LENGTH OF THE DOCK, THEN HOVERED STATIONARY, KICKING UP SPRAY IN ALL DIRECTIONS.

    THE GEM, WHICH IN OPERATION IS SIMILAR TO THE HOVERCRAFT MANUFACTURED IN BRITAIN, WAS DEVELOPED BY MITSUBISHI AFTER TWO YEARS OF RESEARCH, AT A COST OF SOME GBP28,000.WITH A THREE-MEN CREW, THE GEM CAN CRUISE FOR ABOUT 93 MILES.THE VEHICLE WEIGHS 2.7 TONS, AND IS THE FIRST AIR-CUSHION CRAFT TO BE BUILT IN JAPAN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACK9H8SLMSN1CLYY3RMYE7CLOJ
    Media URN:
    VLVACK9H8SLMSN1CLYY3RMYE7CLOJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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