Revealing the development of the multi-faceted hovercraft and its many roles, from racing and leisure to travel and rescue The hovercraft was first created in 1959, when Sir Christopher Cockerell came up with a prototype that crossed the English Channel. The SRN1, the first ever hovercraft, is now proudly housed by the Science Museum and this invention enjoys an active role in many arenas. This detailed book delves into the craft's history, from the early days of its development through to its commercial and military applications. It looks into the exciting world of hovercraft leisure, cruising and racing from amateur to Formula 1, and also explores the important role the hovercraft plays in rescues, whether on water or delivering aid around the word in places that helicopters can’t reach. Finally, it details the types of hovercraft in use today, and what the future holds.