SRN4 Update

Work continues on The Princess Anne to get the roof temporarily watertight before winter sets in.  The HMT Engineering and Site teams have been working to patch the main problem areas, and next year we will start more long term work to preserve and seal the roof.  Some surfaces have already been prepped ready for painting, with the first layer of primer paint going on this Wednesday (2nd Nov 16) on the side decks.

Unfortunately, at this time there is no more news on The Princess Margaret.

First Successful Flight of Hoverguard 800 After Refit

A newly refitted Hoverguard 800 (ex Heathrow Airport Rescue craft) has made her first successful sea trial at Lee-on-Solent today.  Originally laid down in 1990 and powered by a Ford V6 engine , she served for over 10 years at Heathrow Airport as a rescue craft to navigate the marshland areas that eventually became Heathrow Terminal 5.  The craft is privately owned, but stored at the Hovercraft Museum on permanent loan since 2003 and has been overhauled in the Museum’s workshops.  She is the only American Hovercraft in The Hovercraft Museum Trust’s collection!

 

Photos courtesy of Warwick Jacobs.

 

An ex-Heathrow Airport rescue craft exiting the water onto a concrete slipway after it's first successful flight after a refit.   Hoverguard 800 in original Heathrow Airport livery.   A Hoverguard 800 landed on a concrete slipway on a clear day.

 

The Hover Mini Lives!

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Last weekend (3rd Sept 2016), the Hover Mini hovered for the first time in ten years! This was in no small part due to the two brothers Andrew and CJ, who have spent the last few months working on the craft in the workshop. They’ve done a fantastic job, despite having known nothing about hovercraft when they joined as volunteers earlier this year! CJ is an Aircraft Simulator Engineer and Andrew is a former paramedic – it just goes to show that you don’t to have prior experience of hovercraft to make a difference at the museum!  If you’d like to get involved please go to www.hovercraft-museum.org/volunteer to learn more!

SRN4 Update 14/7/16

Work has begun to remove hazardous waste, old oils and kerosene from both craft.

Contractors working for HCA began the work yesterday, with technical support from Hovercraft Museum staff.

This is an important step towards us being able to secure one of the craft for the nation at the Museum although we can’t be more specific than this at the moment – stand by for further updates soon!

UPDATE: Approx 4000L of 16year-old kerosene, contaminated with stagnant water, was successfully removed from the craft.

SRN6 New Paint Job

FullSizeRenderOur SRN “Super” 6, twin-prop “Sure” has just received a fresh coat of paint – she really puts the N4 in the background to shame now! Our engineering team will be working on her over the coming months to tackle the corrosion to the airframe and re-instate the bow door. Standby for further updates on this project.

New Project Underway

HMS Sultan Engineering students have moved their project into the Workshop (building 31) to enable them to work on her over the coming months.  Lots of hard work has been done to make space in the hanger and move some completed craft across to Building 40.  Will keep you all updated on this particular project – our aim is to get ex Royal Marines Griffon 2000TDX(M) “C-22” back on the water!

Petition to save SRN4

We recently launched a campaign and petition to save the Princess Anne SRN4.

In February the petition signatures had reached a fantastic 21,000 and counting.

Help us to save one of the last two giant SRN4 craft on our site for the nation!