Following successful trials of Hovertravel’s two new Griffon Hoverwork 12000TD craft, this Monday (11th July 16) the craft were named at a ceremony with Sir Ben Ainslie as a special guest. Island Flyer and Solent Flyer, as they are now known, will serve the Southsea-to-Ryde route, replacing the two 30-year-old AP-188 models Freedom 90 and Island express.
Our 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.
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!
Hovertravel’s new craft has started trials in the Solent in preparation for starting service in the summer.
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!
Providing essential scientific work and research, the Griffon 2000 hovercraft spent a year in the Arctic circle.