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Adam Smith
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#1 Posted: 3/1/2010 08:41:53




Zack Baughman
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#2 Posted: 3/1/2010 10:32:51

Doesn't EAA need one of these for zipping around on Lake Winnebago?  I should certainly think so! 
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#3 Posted: 3/1/2010 13:18:11

Ah.. I was just about to post this link for a topic.

Wonder if the hovercraft was also homebuilt (or just the aerial-additions)?



Daniel Findling
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#4 Posted: 3/1/2010 21:02:26
Universal hovercraft has been flying a Wing in Ground Effect vehicle similar to the one you posted for years.  It is available as a kit and I think was displayed at Oshkosh a number of years back.  I always wanted to see it hover / fly down the runway at Oshkosh during the parade of homebuilt aircraft portion of the show.

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#5 Posted: 3/1/2010 21:36:04

  Ground effect, ekranoplan, whatever you care to call it- looks like it would be a blast



Tom Hackel
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#6 Posted: 3/2/2010 12:07:03

By our human nature anything fun is dangerous....... she sits up there hands to a cross bar the only thing keeping her in the seat. But if he flips or rolls it in the sky, does she want to stay in the seat????

Cannot be ultra-lite, N #...... Airworthy?



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#7 Posted: 3/4/2010 16:10:08

First you had the Weedhopper now you got the puddle jumper.



Joe Scheibinger
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#8 Posted: 3/4/2010 22:28:26


254) Hovercraft at EAA 2003.jpgIf you are interested in building the flying hovercraft, go to hovercraft.com and see the Universal Hovercraft website. I built one and had it in the seaplane base in Oshkosh years ago. Attached is a picture. It was incredible to build, it had a Subaru Legacy engine. I have all the construction pictures I can E-mail if you are interested in building one. We had about $5K in the project.



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#9 Posted: 3/4/2010 22:31:48

Here is another picture from the front. It was built like a Long Eze but it used pink foam from a lumber yard and lots of fiberglass cloth! The one from Universal Hovercraft us
251) Windshield 2.jpges lumber.  It seated 4-6 people.



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#10 Posted: 3/5/2010 00:44:51

Joe, that hovercraft is the first thing I thought of when I saw this video.  I think yours is a bit more practical.