These SKIMMERS Go Anywhere (Nov, 1959)
These SKIMMERS Go Anywhere
THE Wright boys would blink in astonishment at some of the weird rigs taking to the air these days. Air-Cars, Sky-Boats, Flying Jeeps, Hovercraft—they’re revolutionizing the Age of Flight.
Most of these craft are based on two new devices: the ducted fan and the air cushion.
The ducted fan is simply a horizontal prop that supports the vehicle on a column of air. Forward movement is provided by slanted vanes.
With the air cushion, air under pressure is forced downward, raising the vehicle a few inches above the ground or water.
Here are a few of the latest skimmers to come off the drawing boards.