• Short Summary

    A look at the work of the Hovercraft Research Centre. Hythe, Isle of Wight.

  • Description

    No title - Hovercraft Research Centre. Hythe, Isle of Wight.

    M/S pan model of Hovercraft HD2 in tank. C/U operator, pan to the model coming through tank. C/U as the large version of HD2 rises on its cushion. L/S as it turns on the sand. L/S as the CC7 comes up from the sea.

    Various shots of the HU4 turning very quickly. M/S the SRN 6 at sea. L/S as it comes up onto beach. M/S harbour, pan to the SRN 6 coming up onto shore. South African visitors disembark. M/S British Hovercraft Corporation factory. L/S the visitors looking at latest Hovercraft under construction. M/S visitors looking at doors of the giant hovercraft which goes into service soon. M/S the hovercraft.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:04:18:00 / 01:05:44:00

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    Correction required to "Description" to Film ID 2065.03 - note that your Description is not correct for this film. "Hovercraft Research Centre" is ok. However the rest "Hythe, Isle of Wight" is not. It should best read "NPL Hovercraft Unit, Hythe, Southampton AND BHC, Cowes, Isle of Wight" ( 2 research centres : one Public & one Private )" Misleadingly the spoken commentary is WRONG since the voice over says "Hythe, Isle of Wight" Hythe is on Southampton Water 10 miles away from the Isle of Wight. The film shows full size hovercraft at NPL, Hythe AND at the British Hovercraft Corporation, (BHC) Cowes, Isle of Wight - where built by BHC. I worked for NPL, Hythe, from 1969 to 1971 including on the 12th scale model shown in the tank. The person at the control panel was a colleague of mine. Hovercraft Development Ltd (HDL) a private research company at Hythe, was taken over by The Ministry of Technology's National Physical Laboratory & named "Hovercraft Unit" for Govt. research.

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